The Info on XForms

By Deane Barker on November 16, 2003

The Secret Life of XForms: XForms will be pretty cool when/if it happens. It’s a W3C recommendation, but in the Microsoft-controlled world of browsers, that doesn’t count for much.

The idea here is pretty simple — the View, or user interface, provides a set of controls that give the “public” face of the application. The only way you can interact with that XForm is through its public face. Every time you load the form, enter a word into a text box, move a slider’s thumb, or select an item from a drop down list, you change the state of a control, which in turn launches an event notifying the system that a change has taken place.