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From "David Duddleston" <>
Subject RE: xml -> form -> xml form to xml code
Date Mon, 10 Apr 2000 04:06:22 GMT

Sounds like this could be what I'm looking for. I don't need anything real
fancy right now. Just something that will allow editing of basic XML
files... stuff that is not worth creating custom code for if you know what I
mean. I'll check it out.

Thanks Donald.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Donald Ball []
> Sent: Sunday, April 09, 2000 8:44 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: xml -> form -> xml form to xml code
> On Sun, 9 Apr 2000, David Duddleston wrote:
> > I'm wondering if anyone has code that can take an XML doc with
> or without a
> > Schema and generate an HTML form. Then have code that will
> handle the post
> > and either create a new XML doc or update an existing one.
> >
> > If nothing exists already, would anyone be interested if I made
> something
> > like this?
> Yes, I have written something along these lines called XMLForm:
> I haven't played with it in a while; Jeremy Quinn and I had been
> discussing ways to extend this more generically but I'm afraid I got tied
> up in actual billable work and haven't had a chance to revisit it in a
> while. The code's pretty solid. Some people feel there are security
> concerns with the approach, but my feeling is that it's no more dangerous,
> and likely less so, than letting people edit your XML content files by
> hand. Just don't open it up for the world to play with.
> I'm not likely to have the chance to do much else to this code for a
> while, so Jeremy, David, anyone - if you're interested in doing any
> development on or with the code, I'll be happy to check it into
> sourceforge or wherever. Jeremy had a nice thought about reworking the
> configuration - instead of forcing the author to write a form with
> specially named variables describing an XML structure, he was thinking
> that you reverse that, you could mark up a skeletal version of your XML
> with special tags that indicated how to generate a form to edit it. Matt
> Seargeant (the perl XML::Form author who inspired this work) also had some
> ideas about how he would like to revamp his perl module if you want to
> talk to him.
> - donald
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