[DRAFT] Forms Working Group Charter

The mission of the Forms Working Group, part of the XML Activity, is to develop specifications for binding data, logic and user interface on the web, producing a system that scales from low-end devices through to the enterprise level.

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End date 30 September 2016
Confidentiality Proceedings are Public
Chair Steven Pemberton
Team Contact
(FTE %: 5)
Liam Quin
Usual Meeting Schedule

Teleconferences: Weekly
Face-to-face: 1-2 per year including TPAC


The XForms Working Group is primarily chartered as part of the Information and knowledge Domain in order to enable it to complete work on XForms 2.0 and to publish that work under the W3C Patent Policy, as the previous charter (within the W3C Interaction Domain) had expired.

Existing work is therefore to be published and taken to Recommendation. This includes XForms 2.0 and may also include XForms 1.2 if the Working Group feels there is demand.

The schedule here is tentative; however, there already exists a draft for XForms 2.0, so the primary risk factor will be external attention and increased adoption leading to a longer review cycle than expected. This would generally be indicative of a popular technology.

Success Criteria

  • Production of stable documents addressing the work items listed in the Deliverables section.
  • Test suites for each deliverable with conformance criteria
  • Availability of multiple, independent, interoperable implementations of each deliverable with conformance criteria, as demonstrated by an implementation report (summarizing implementation status against the relevant test suite) for each testable class of product, including user agents
  • Availability of authoring tools and validation tools.
  • User community and industry adoption of the group deliverables.


  • XForms 1.1 (existing Recommendation): maintenance;
  • XForms 1.2: Produce a Recommendation to incorporate errata in 1.1, as needed;
  • XForms 2.0: Produce a Recommendation
  • XForms for HTML: Working Group Note (optional, if needed by XForms 2).

Other Deliverables

The Group will develop a set of test suites and may look into developing tutorials and other outreach and educational information.

The Working Group may, if needed, update XML Events 2 if needed; it was published as a Note by the XHTML Working Group but may also be referenced by XForms 2.


Timeline View Summary

  • September 2015: XForms 2 LC/CR
  • November 2015: XForms 2 CR ends; process comments
  • January 2016: XForms 2 PR
  • March 2016: XForms 2.0 Recommendation.


W3C Groups

Internationalization Activity
To ensure effective support for internationalization.
The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
The Forms Working Group cooperates with the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) to ensure XForms meets W3C accessibility goals.

External Groups

OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) TC
Coordination on the integration of XForms in ODF
which is in charge of maintaining ODF and OOXML and is also a resource for having Relax NG and NVDL schemas


To be successful, the Forms Working Group is expected to have 5 or more active participants for its duration. Effective participation to Forms Working Group is expected to consume one to one day per week for editors. There is no minimum participation requirement for other members. The Forms Working Group will also allocate the necessary resources for building Test Suites for each specification.

Participants are reminded of the Good Standing requirements of the W3C Process.


This group primarily conducts its work on the public mailing lists public-forms@w3.org (archive) and www-forms@w3.org (archive) for public feedback and discussion.

Information about the group (deliverables, participants, face-to-face meetings, teleconferences, etc.) is available from the Forms Working Group home page.

Decision Policy

As explained in the Process Document (section 3.3), this group will seek to make decisions when there is consensus. When the Chair puts a question and observes dissent, after due consideration of different opinions, the Chair should record a decision (possibly after a formal vote) and any objections, and move on.

This charter is written in accordance with Section 3.4, Votes of the W3C Process Document and includes no voting procedures beyond what the Process Document requires.

Patent Policy

This Working Group operates under the W3C Patent Policy (5 February 2004 Version). To promote the widest adoption of Web standards, W3C seeks to issue Recommendations that can be implemented, according to this policy, on a Royalty-Free basis.

For more information about disclosure obligations for this group, please see the W3C Patent Policy Implementation.

About this Charter

This charter for the Forms Working Group has been created according to section 6.2 of the Process Document. In the event of a conflict between this document or the provisions of any charter and the W3C Process, the W3C Process shall take precedence.

Please also see the previous charter for this group.

2015-03-23: Substantial revisions to move to INK domain, Liam Quin

2012-08-08: Change the team contact to Philippe Le Hegaret.

Liam Quin, XML Activity Lead and Team Contact