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Subject [Cocoon Wiki] Updated: CFormsMinimalExamples
Date Fri, 31 Dec 2004 07:30:00 GMT
   Date: 2004-12-30T23:30:00
   Editor: DavidLeangen
   Wiki: Cocoon Wiki
   Page: CFormsMinimalExamples

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Change Log:

@@ -1,18 +1,19 @@
-==  CForms Minimal Examples ==
-- TARGET-AUDIENCE: '''*beginner*''' advanced expert[[BR]]
-- COCOON-RELEASES: 2.0.3, 2.0.4[[BR]]
-- DOCUMENT-STATUS: '''*draft*''' reviewed released[[BR]]
+= Page Summary =
+- TARGET-AUDIENCE: users new to CForms[[BR]]
+- AUTHOR: DavidLeangen[[BR]]
+- AUTHOR-CONTACT: mailto:dleangen<at>[[BR]]
 '''Please review!!''' This page needs validation by people more experienced and knowledgeable
about CForms.
-=== What you will get from this page ===
+== What you will get from this page ==
 This page presents a series of minimal examples for people new to CForms.
 The creation of this page was motivated by my own need to simplify the examples currently
available for CForms. Though the current examples are rich with information, I found that
they are difficult for first learning about CForms precisely because they are so rich in information.
For CForm newbies, I believe that it would be easier to have more minimal examples that show
each of the many concepts.
-=== Your basic skills and Technical prerequisites ===
+== Your basic skills and Technical prerequisites ==
 You need to have a general understanding of what Cocoon is, including:
@@ -22,11 +23,104 @@
 You should also have at least some general understanding of JavaScript and Java.
-=== Links to other information sources ===
+<TODO: provide links to all these concepts>
+== Links to other information sources ==
-===  page metadata ===
-- AUTHOR: DavidLeangen[[BR]]
-- AUTHOR-CONTACT: mailto:dleangen<at>[[BR]]
+= Main Content =
+== Overview ==
+CForms provide a useful and relatively simple means of producing web-based forms. CForms
are relatively simple to author, but there are so many concepts involved that it can be difficult
for the beginner to grasp what is happening.
+=== Motivation ===
+These tutorials are based on my own ongoing struggle to learn about:
+ * what CForms are
+ * how CForms work
+ * how to effectively use CForms
+=== Tutorial Structure ===
+The tutorials each have a short explanation on this wiki page. The bulk of the information
is provided in the form on inline comments in the actual tutorial files that are attached
to this page.
+Eventually, if these tutorials are actually useful, they could be moved to the main Cocoon
examples in the Cocoon distribution.
+Please update the content both on this page as well as in the attached files if there are
errors or omissions. Remember that I am learning CForms myself. What I claim in the tutorials
is based on deduction and reverse engineering. Hopefully, people more experienced with the
inner workings of CForms will soon be able to validate these tutorials.
+== Dynamic CForms ==
+=== Overview ===
+The first (and for now the only) tutorial explains how to create a minimal dynamic CForm.
+By "dynamic", we mean that when the user changes a value in the form, an action will trigger
an update of the form. (You'll understand better what this means when you actually see the
+=== Files ===
+This tutorial contains 10 files. In alphabetical order, they are:
+ 1. form.js
+ 2. form.xml
+ 3. form_success.xsp
+ 4. form_template.xml
+ 5. forms-lib.js
+ 7. forms-styling.xsl
+ 8. main.css
+ 9. simple-page2html.xsl
+ 9. sitemap.xmap
+ 10. welcome.xml
+==== welcome.xml ====
+This file provides a simple welcome page to the (eventual) various tutorials. (For now there
is only 1 tutorial.)
+==== sitemap.xmap ====
+The sitemap for the tutorials. The goal is to provide a minimal sitemap to help with the
comprehension of how CForms work.
+==== form.xml ====
+This is the definition file for the sample form.
+==== form_template.xml ====
+This is the template for our form.
+==== form.js ====
+The flowscript is contained in this file. Control is passed to the flowscript from the sitemap.
+==== form_success.xsp ====
+This page is displayed when the form is submitted.
+==== simple-page2html.xsl ====
+A simple transform for the pages in this example. This will most likely be replaced by your
own page transform.
+==== forms-styling.xsl ====
+A (somewhat) minimal example of a file needed (?) for styling the form. I am still in the
process of trying to figure out what is necessary and what is fluff.
+==== forms-lib.js ====
+Required runtime javascript functions for submitting the forms.
+==== main.css ====
+A simple css for rendering the pages.
+=== Unexplained Behaviours ===
+There are a few things that I am unable to explain. Most of them are indicated by <TODO>
tags in the inline comments. I mention here, however, one thing that has me puzzled.
+Although the javascript "forms-lib.js" is saved in the same directory of the other files,
this form only works when the page is referenced as "resource/forms-lib.js". Nowhere in the
pipeline is there a reference to "resource/*.js" or anything like it.
+Can somebody explain this to me?

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