Thursday, August 12, 2004

IBM and Novell Join Mozilla for XForms

IBM and Novell Join Mozilla for XForms "The Mozilla Foundation, Novell and IBM announced today the formation of a project to implement the W3C's XForms 1.0 recommendation, which is part of the consortium's XHTML2 specification.
XForms 1.0 is intended to allow for the separation of presentation from XML-driven results. It also allows for increased accessibility that will bring Web transactions in line with U.S Federal government accessibility guidelines."

This could be very significant, if IBM is going to bake XForms into its strategic client-oriented platform products and tools.

On the other hand, the article continues:

"The XForms initiative is not the only forms initiative under way at Mozilla. At the end of May, Opera and Mozilla announced another initiative called Web Forms 2.0. It is essentially an extension of the way forms are defined in the existing HTML 4.01 forms chapter. IBM's Bassett for one doesn't believe that Web Forms and XForms compete in any way and that they are in some ways complementary efforts. The lead author of the Web Forms 2.0 initiative, Ian Hickson of Opera software, agrees."

... so maybe chaos will prevail regardless...
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