Submission request to W3C (W3C Staff Comment)

We, W3C member UWI.Com, hereby submit to the Consortium the following specification comprising the document(s) linked below:
  1. XFDL (Extensible Forms Description Language) Specification

which collectively are referred to as "the submission". We request the submission be known as the XFDL submission.


This document describes an XML syntax for the Extensible Forms Description Language (XFDL). The purpose of XFDL is to solve the body of problems associated with digitally representing complex forms such as those found in business and government. The requirements include support for high precision layout, supporting documentation, integrated computations and input validation, multiple overlapping digital signatures, and legally binding auditable transaction records, by maintaining the whole form as a single unit such that digital signatures can capture the entire context of transactions.

Intellectual property rights

This version of the XFDL specification may be distributed freely, as long as all text and notices remain intact.


The following trademarks are referred to in this submission: UWI.Com is a trademark of UWI Unisoft Wares Incorporated.


The submission may distributed within the membership of the W3C free of any fee.

The submission may be distributed publicly free of any fee under the redistribution terms expressed in the W3C copyright statement.


The following points should be noted as regards licensable technology involved in any third party implementations of the technology specified in the submission: n/a

Suggested action

We suggest that the Consortium hold a workshop to discuss the submission and/or adopt the submission as a Recommendation and/or continue evolution of the proposal within the XML work area.


To help with this work, we expect to be able to provide one full-time, non-resident resource to the Consortium. This resource could consist of one part-time engineer and one part-time editor.

Change control

Should any changes be required to the document, we would expect future versions to be produced by W3C process. We expect to be able to make the above resources available to help with this work.


Inquiries from the public or press about this submission should be directed to: For general information, contact Diana Soltesz, Smith Public Relations, 310-788-0456. For technological information or information about UWI.Com's implementation of XFDL, contact David Manning, CTO, UWI.Com, 1-888-517-2675.


this 2nd day of September, 1998,

David Manning