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XForms: XML Powered Web Forms by T.V. Raman

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Chapter 7. XForms Actions

Introduction

A key goal when designing XForms 1.0 was to enable common online forms’ functionality without resorting to extensive scripting via languages like Javascript. HTML forms that make extensive use of Javascript have been a very good vehicle for deploying highly interactive user experiences on the Web. The ability to access the Document Object Model (DOM) from within scripts has also made it easy to experiment and innovate on the Web.

However, all this comes at a price; user interaction that depends heavily on scripting becomes difficult to deploy on a variety of different devices and environments. In addition, HTML pages that rely heavily on scripting are hard to maintain. XForms 1.0 attempts to minimize the need ...

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