[XForms] Xml Schema instance generation using X-forms

Todd Denniston Todd.Denniston at ssa.crane.navy.mil
Tue May 3 11:19:02 EDT 2005

"Robert Lawless (BH/LMI)" wrote:
> To subscribers of the xforms list
> Hey folk,
> i am quite new to X-Forms....i want to use X-Froms to present a UI to the user based on a certain Xml schema....i.e the user enters in data & out pops out an Xml instance according to this schema......would it be possible to make this generic i.e one would be able to attach any schema with X-Forms presenting a suitable UI & when the users inputs the data, out pops the Xml instance according to the inputted schema
> thanks in advance
> Rob

Rob, lets first make sure you are asking in the correct group, as there has
been some confusion in the past.
To us XForms is described at [1] as:
"XForms is a GUI toolkit based on Xlib for X Window Systems. It features a
rich set of objects, such as buttons, scrollbars, and menus etc. integrated
into an easy and efficient object/event callback execution model that allows
fast and easy construction of X-applications. In addition, the library is
extensible and new objects can easily be created and added to the library."

To the W3C, XForms is described at [2] as:
"XForms" is W3C's name for a specification of Web forms that can be used
with a wide variety of platforms including desktop computers, hand helds,
information appliances, and even paper. XForms started life as a subgroup of
the HTML Working Group, but has now been spun off as an independent

IIRC, the GUI toolkit definition predates the W3C definition, but they use
it so we get the confusion.

So, do you want to do a X Windows System GUI, or a Web form? :)
if GUI, please ask again here (with some ideas of how you want to use the
Xml schema in XForms) otherwise see the links on [2] under the heading "The
XForms Public Mailing List" (funny, the W3C does not have a nice page with
links to the subsections of its home page :).

[1] http://world.std.com/~xforms/
[2] http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Forms/

Todd Denniston
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane) 
Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

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