[whatwg] WebForms vs XForms
Håkon Wium Lie
howcome at opera.com
Thu Jan 6 22:45:51 PST 2005
Also sprach Jon Ferraiolo:
> 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
> a look.
Great to have you here!
> 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.
I think you raise a valid point; ideally the specification will become
smaller rather than larger from now on. However, XForms has
dependencies on other specifications (XSD, XPath) which makes it more
complex than a page count seems. WF has similar dependencies on DOM
but this seems less scary since DOM is already deployed.
> 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
HTML is also an approved standard.
> 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.
Perhaps. Personally, I don't hear the thunder.
Håkon Wium Lie CTO °þe®ª
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