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Enhydra XMLC™ Java™ Presentation Development by David H. Young

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Working with Forms and Controls

With the advent of the PC some 20 years ago, the old world of forms-based data entry seemed to be a style of user interface interaction that was relegated to the 3270 half-plex terminals of IBM Mainframe glasshouses. The PC introduced full-plex and gave us things like WordStar, MultiCalc, and Lotus 1-2-3. Today, their conquering ancestors, Word and Excel, have to share the desktop with the re-emergence of form-style user interfaces, thanks to the success of request/response Internet applications.

Forms are containers of controls enhanced with static and dynamic content organized to carry out a task, such as registering a user or logging in an administrator. Forms are often designed as static content, but we want ...

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