XForms: Next Destination for Web Forms
The new XForms spec takes XML interoperability to heights that InfoPath can't reach.Microsoft Corp.s InfoPath beta provides a tool natively designed to provide a forms front end for XML data. As my colleague Jason Brooks notes, the tool is a Windows client application that requires a commitment to the latest Microsoft technologies. The usefulness of an XML forms client in an XML-centric environment is undeniable, but theres a natural synergy between the equally interoperable HTML and XML that InfoPath misses. Those looking for another approach should point their browsers at www.w3.org/TR/xforms. The next big revision of HTML, XHTML (Extensible HTML) 2.0, includes an entirely new forms specification called XForms.
The World Wide Web Consortium did a lot of hard slogging on the XForms standard all through last year, and it entered Candidate Recommendation status in November. We should see the result this year.