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   Re: Editing XML with XPath and friends

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  • From: Matt Sergeant <matt@sergeant.org>
  • To: Edd Dumbill <edd@usefulinc.com>
  • Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 09:23:21 +0100 (BST)

On Tue, 9 May 2000, Edd Dumbill wrote:

> I'm sure that some of this must have been done before, and I'd love to
> be directed to it if it has. What I think would be fun, and I believe
> incredibly beneficial to the cause of editing on the Web, was if an open
> API could be evolved to support such a framework.  The idea would be to
> make it as open as possible, with a minimum desirable requirement that
> it could be implemented in the current generation of emerging browsers,
> using XHTML, ECMAScript, SVG (and perhaps XUL), and readily plugged into
> other applications that required editing functionality.  That said, I
> don't see why alternatives for Swing, Tk etc. can't all be somehow
> offered.

Although not the same at all, CGI::XMLForm (and now a Java version
available from someone called XMLForm) was designed for editing XML on the
web. However it does it in a completely different way to the above: It
uses XPath to name your form elements, and when you submit your form it
places the value on the form in the right location according to
XPath. CGI::XMLForm was developed about 18 months ago.


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