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I haven't seen much discussion of what Microsoft's XDocs
announcements imply about the W3C XForms, currently
a Working Draft http://www.w3.org/TR/2002/WD-xforms-20020821/
Googling discovers almost nothing, other than the intriguing
"- The "problem space" both Office/XDocs and
XForms are addressing are similar, if not the same.
- MS hopes to boost flagging Office sales with
== XForms is a really, really good idea, has a huge
market, solves big problems."
[The cynic in me suspects that HTML forms+client-side or server-side
scripting hit the 80/20 point and that NEITHER will have a huge market ...]
I was, however, struck by something in an article at:
"What is likely to happen is that [XDocs is] going to be picked up by
rebel developers and power users in the organization, and they're going
to start doing things much like people did with FoxPro and Clipper way
back when," Plummer predicted. "And then one day IT is going to realize
there's a lot out there."
Back in the Good Ol' Days, the rebel developers picked up on open source
implementations of open standards, and IT finally realized that "there's
a lot out there".