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[announcement] XForms course in Rockville, Maryland, 14-15 February 2011

(This post is of specialized interest; those who live far from the mid-Atlantic 
seaboard of the U.S., or who are not interested in XForms training, or both,
can stop reading now.  Thanks!)

Black Mesa Technologies is pleased to announce a two-day hands-on
introductory course on XForms to take place 14-15 February 2011 in
Rockville, Maryland, in the training facilities of Mulberry


   Rockville, Maryland
   14-15 February 2011


This two-day hands-on course introduces XForms as a technology for
building special-purposes XML editors with limited functionality and
correspondingly simple user interfaces. XForms is built on the model /
view / controller idiom, in which the ‘model’ is a set of XML
documents, the ‘view’ is specified using XHTML and XForms widgets, and
the ‘controller’ takes the form of declarative links between widgets
and elements or attributes in the XML documents. With XForms, projects
can develop vocabulary- and task-specific editors which require less
training and provide better task-specific support than full XML
editors; it is thus easier to allow domain experts to examine and
modify XML encoding, and routine tasks can be performed more quickly
and reliably.


Topics include:

  - design goals of XForms
  - the XForms processing model and the model / view / controller idiom
  - padded-cell editors
  - XForms widgets
  - datatypes in XForms
  - auto-calculating values
  - validation in the client
  - customized error messages
  - conditional display of parts of the form
  - multiple instance documents
  - dynamic user interfaces
  - using auxiliary documents to make multi-lingual interfaces
  - tabbed interfaces for multi-part forms
  - step-by-step wizard-style interfaces
  - variable repetitions of an element
  - repetitions among unlike elements
  - deployment issues and interaction with the HTTP server
  - where to go from here

During the class, students will develop a small XForms application
with a multi-part interface, multiple widget types, and the ability to
add, modify, and delete records in a set. Students will be encouraged
to take their class exercise files with them so that they can continue
to work with them after the class. Prerequisites

Participants should be comfortable editing XML documents and have some
knowledge of HTML markup. Familiarity with XPath is desirable but not
required. Programming experience is not required. Students may bring
their own laptops or may use a classroom machine.


When and where

This course will be held Monday and Tuesday, 14-15 February 2011, at

   Mulberry Technologies, Inc.
   17 West Jefferson St., Suite 207
   Rockville, MD 20850

Thanks to Mulberry Technologies for hosting the course.

For other logistical information, see 



To reserve a space, to register, or to ask for more information,
please send email to info@blackmesatech.com or call us at

* C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, Black Mesa Technologies LLC
* http://www.blackmesatech.com 
* http://cmsmcq.com/mib                 
* http://balisage.net

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