We meet weekly by phone on Wednesdays at the following time:
- 8-9 am West Coast USA, 11 am-12 East Coast
- 16:00-17:00 in the UK, 17:00-18:00 in Central Europe
- 24:00-01:00 in Japan
The telephone number to call (the Zakim bridge): +1.617.761.6200,
conference code 93676 ("XFORM"); we also run an IRC channel called
irc.w3.org, port 6665; if you don't have an IRC client, there is a
web-based one available (member
The Zakim bridge
monitor is a helpful resource to see who's calling in. You can associate
your IRC name with your phone number using http://www.w3.org/1998/12/bridge/info/name.php3
The group email list is firstname.lastname@example.org (archive, RSS feed)
though technical discussions are now done on the public list email@example.com (archive, RSS
feed). Note the group archive and RSS feed (like this page) are restricted
to W3C members and invited experts. Review comments of the XForms specification
are sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (archive, RSS
We meet 4 times a year at a location hosted by one of the group members. The
currently planned meetings are:
- 15-17 Nov 2006
in Amsterdam, hosted by Steven/CWI.
- 13-15 Sep 2006,
in Venice, Italy, hosted by HWG
- 14-16 June
2006, Victoria, Canada, hosted by John/IBM
- 2-3 Mar 2006 in
Cannes-Mandelieu, France, w/ Tech Plenary
- 9-11 Nov 2005 in Antwerp, Belgium,
hosted by Inventive Designers n.v.
- 8-10 (Thu-Sat) Sept 2005
in Raleigh, NC, USA, hosted by IBM. see minutes
- 15-17 June 2005 in Amsterdam,
Netherlands, hosted by Steven. see minutes
- 28 February - 1 March 2005 in Cambridge,
MA, USA, during Tech Plenary. see
minutes day1, day2
- 10-12 November 2004 in Dulles, VA,
USA, hosted by AOL. see minutes day1, day2, day3
- 8-10 Sept 2004 in Edinburgh,
Scotland, hosted by Origo. see minutes day1, day2, day3
- 9-11 June 2004 in Victoria, Canada,
hosted by PureEdge. see minutes day1,
- Cannes-Mandelieu, France: March
3rd-5th 2004, at Plenary meeting. see
minutes day1, day2
- Port Charlotte, Florida, USA:
November 5rd-7th 2003 hosted by WebGeek. see minutes day1, day2, day3
- Osaka/Japan: September 10th-12th
2003 hosted by Panasonic. see minutes day1, day 2, day 3.
- Amsterdam: June 18th-20th 2003
hosted by CWI, see minutes day1, day 2, day 3.
- March 3/4th 2003 with
Technical Plenary, Cambridge, see minutes day
2 + qa,SVG
27/28th 2003 Implementation Workshop Waltham, MA, USA - see minutes day
- Oct 31 and Nov 1 2002 in San Diego, hosted by
Netscape - see minutes day
- September 9th - 11th 2002,
hosted by SAP/Mozquito and Xerox, Palo Alto, CA, USA - see minutes
- June 5th-7th 2002 in
Copenhagen, hosted by SilverStream and Sony Ericsson . - see minutes
- Feb 28-March 1 2002 - hosted by
W3C, Cannes, France - see agenda and minutes.
- Nov 12-14 2001, hosted by
Microsoft, Mountain View, CA, USA - see minutes.
- Sept 5-7 2001
Philips - New York State, USA, 5-7 Sep. 2001 - see agenda and minutes.
- June 18-20 2001
CWI - Amsterdam - see minutes.
Public XForms 1.1 documents
Public XForms 1.0 documents
Ongoing WG Internal drafts
Past Last Call and CR Resources
If you would like to join the group, have your AC rep nominate you via email
to Steven Pemberton (W3C Team
Contact). See the relevant part of the process for the details
you should send.
Forms were introduced into HTML in 1993. Since then they have gone on to
become a critical part of the Web. The existing mechanisms in HTML for forms
are now outdated, and W3C has responded by starting work aimed at providing an
improved match to workflow and database applications, as well as improved
support for an increasingly diverse range of browser capabilities.
Work on the next generation of Web forms was started in a subgroup of the HTML working group . It has now been
split off into an independent working group, and aims to fulfil the published
requirements for XForms
. The working group has decided to consider two primary audiences:
- HTML authors interested in dynamic Web pages and who wish to achieve more
for less effort. A premium is placed on simplicity and ease of
understanding, thus motivating consideration of easy to learn syntax which
fits naturally with scripting.
- Organizations who have already developed rich data models using XML
Schemas and who now wish to provide Web forms for entering data conforming
to these models. Forms require additional information beyond that covered
by the XML Schema
specification. The XForms working group plans to work on identifying ways
to supplement schemas to fill this gap.
Further information on the goals and general direction we are taking is
available on the public page on
Links to some older work can be found in the play
The working group is interested in open source as a means to stimulate
interest and experimentation with XForms. At this time, the known projects
- xf.zip , instructions
- A C++ program that translates the proposed light weight syntax for
XForms data models into an XML Schema plus the appropriate annotations.
This is work in progress and as such subject to change. For more
information contact the author Dave Raggett .
This section lists known relationships to other efforts, and which working
groups we need to liaise with. Please let us know if you think we are missing
something. Send your suggestion to Steven Pemberton (W3C Team Contact).
- XHTML Modularization
- XForms should fit into the framework for the modularization of XHTML . Liaison is needed with the
HTML WG .
- Privacy Preferences
- XForms should be useable together with P3P , W3C's platform for privacy
preferences. Liaison is needed with the 3P Specification WG .
- XML Schemas
- XForms should complement work on XML Schemas , whilst
recognizing that most people wishing to create forms are unlikely to be
sophistocated XML experts. Liaison is needed with the XML Schema WG .
- Web Accessibility Initiative
- XForms should make it easy to develop accessible documents . Liaison is
needed with the WAI-PF WG .
- XForms should support all of the world's languages. Liaison is needed
with the I18N WG
- Style Sheets
- XForms should be style-able with CSS and XSL . Liaison is needed with the
CSS and XSL WGs (n.b. the CSS-UI
- Voice Browsers
- XForms should be usable from voice
browsers , where users interact with forms via speech recognition and
speech synthesis. Liaison is needed with the Voice Browser WG .
- Synchronized multimedia
- XForms should be useable in conjunction with W3C's work on synchronized multimedia .
Liaison is needed with the SYMM WG .
- Scaleable Vector Graphics
- XForms should be useable in conjunction with W3C's work on vector
graphics . Liaison is needed with the SVG WG .
- Document Object Model
- XForms should fit in well with W3C's work on DOM. Liaison is needed
with the DOM WG .
- Common scripting languages
- XForms should avoid conceptual mismatches with scripting languages
commonly used on the Web, for example ECMAScript and Java. Liaison with
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