[whatwg] WebForms vs XForms
jon.ferraiolo at adobe.com
Tue Jan 4 13:43:10 PST 2005
I haven't been following WebForms in the past few months, but when my
colleague Bill McCoy told me that he has participated in this forum, I took
I looked at the WebForms 2.0 spec and was surprised at its size. I created
a PDF out of the WebForms spec and got 101 pages. In comparison, I created
a PDF out of the XForms 1.0 spec and got 127 pages. Given that WebForms is
still under development and XForms is approved, one would expect some
further growth, making the size of the two specs about the same.
When I did a quick survey of features, I see major overlap. My conclusion
is that WebForms to a large extent is simply just a competitive format with
XForms. If you are going to add 100+ pages of incremental features to the
browser world, of which a major portion has already been defined by the
W3C, why not build from XForms, which is an approved standard (and which is
going into Mozilla), versus building something similar but different?
Perhaps Web Forms started out with the goal of doing something small as
minor increments to existing HTML, but now it seems to have grown into a
rather large beast of its own. Also, perhaps Web Forms started when XForms
had little traction and therefore could be discounted, but in 2004 interest
in XForms has picked up quite a bit.
Adobe System, Inc.
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