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"Klotz, Leigh" wrote:
>...XForms is not a standalone
> document format, and is intended to be used with other XML languages such as
> XHTML and SVG and so on.  I personally think it would be a good summer
> project for someone to look at a host language that uses XForms vocabulary
> with WSDL; as you point out, WSDL and XForms would share a Schema.

I would expect it to be easier to reuse the schema by inclusion!

> As for the GET/POST/SOAP/REST collection of issues, when you submit an
> XForms instance, it can be POSTed over HTTP in a variety of serialization
> formats -- the structure can be flattened to multipart/form-data or
> application/x-www-form-urlencoded, or it can be posted as XML as the body of
> the POST.  XForms can also submit an instance by a GET over HTTP, with the
> data flattened and serialized according to roughly HTML rules, module some
> I18N issues.  (XForms is just past last call, so I'm speaking personally
> about XForms generically here, not about a specific draft revision.)
> However, note that the XForms spec allows for some extensibility in the
> submission method and serialization method; I'd be personally interested in
> hearing if anyone has given thought to other serialization methods that
> might simplify interaction with XML-based services such as WSDL/SOAP or a
> nascent WSDL+REST or something else such as XML-RPC. 

REST does not prescribe any particular variant of XML so I'd say that
XForms is already 100% compatible with REST.

 Paul Prescod


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