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From Matt Sergeant <m...@sergeant.org>
Subject Re: [announce] XMLForm - a new project using Xerces, Xalan, & JTidy
Date Mon, 21 Feb 2000 21:36:59 GMT
I knew you java guys would start catching up eventually <grin/>...

Looks good, although I have a couple of points:

1. You don't seem to support attributes at all. This is pretty significant
I would have thought (am I wrong?)

2. I think it's _really_ important we agree on syntax, especially for
example on extensions. Perhaps we could remain in touch throughout our

I also have lots of stuff I'd like to add to CGI::XMLForm to make it more
useful, I've just not had the tuits (usual excuse). I also wrote a full
XPath parser since then, so I should be able to make CGI::XMLForm much more

PS: I love the idea about inserting into a document at certain positions.

On Mon, 21 Feb 2000, Donald Ball wrote:
> I've been using cocoon for time out of mind to handle sending information
> out of my XML files as HTML over HTTP and it's fantastic. That's half of
> the work of a typical web design shop. The other half of the equation
> hasn't really been addressed to my satisfaction yet - I wanted a way to
> edit XML files through an HTML form interface. Poking around in the perl
> world (which is ahead of us in some areas, but oddly behind in others) I
> found the CGI::XMLForm module which lets you create XML documents from
> HTTP requests by interpreting the variable names as XPath-like
> expressions. It's nice, but it's in perl, which is not my language of
> choice, and I had some things I wanted to add to it.
> I reimplemented most of it as a Java servlet using Xerces and Xalan to do
> the heavy lifting. I went two steps further, adding support for
> interpreting variable values as XML or HTML (thanks to JTidy), and adding
> the ability to insert the newly created XML fragment into an existing XML
> document at a point specified by an XPath expression.
> I've got easily a dozen ideas for things I might like to do to it, but
> it's usable now and I thought I'd see if others might be interested in
> playing with it. It's available here:
> http://www.webslingerZ.com/balld/xmlform/
> If you find this servlet useful, if you have any suggestions, or if you
> know of a similar project in Java that escaped my attention, please don't
> hesitate to contact me.
> - donald

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