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Open Office 2.0 Arrives

Also relates to Open Source and The Office

Finally after two months absence from the blogging circuit, I finally see something earlier today worth shouting from the rooftops. The release of OpenOffice.org 2.0. Features include support for the OASIS Document Format (also used by KOffice), a new database frontend (BASE) for DML and DDL, and integration of XForms for web form creation. Could this finally make OpenOffice a worthy adversary for other proprietary and monopolising office suites?

Posted on Oct 20, 2005 at 23:24:37.

Back but only briefly

Also relates to DOM Scripting and Firefox and Co

Just a quick whistle stop fly by. I found February fairly uninspiring in the blogging realm, with the usual regurgitation of old ideas in new guises escalating exponentially - but this may just be my lack of stimulation at the moment with considerable mundane workload in the inbox.

Nice to see XForms make an appearance in the Firefox nightlies at a time when the duel between the web forms camps heats up with the forthcoming release of Web Forms 2.0. I look forward to seeing XForms developed further in Firefox - start experimenting with XForms beyond the realm of XSmiles and FormPlayer.

Meanwhile Javascript has yet again been shunned with Joel Webber's damming article. While this appears to have raised a certain level of concern, it is a problem that was elucidated back in spring 2k4 in Richard Cornford's excellent javascript closures article. And the RAM munching truth demonstrated in Mihai Bazon's IE benchmarking tests. In script-powered applications I generally garbage clean event handlers and loose DOM references manually, but as the application gets more complex, keeping track of references becomes harder to manage. While I have only perused this briefly, Mark Wubben has come up with an interesting solution - the Event Cache script.

Beyond these, I have been enjoying a few visual memories of New Zealand these last few days via Bitflux. And just today I stumbled across another nomenclature proposed for XMLHTTPRequest and co - now we are expected to name it after a soap!!! Yes I do know my Greek mythology - just feeling a little cynical this morning. I really need to get away?

Posted on Mar 02, 2005 at 05:35:27.

XForms Becomes A Recommendation

Also relates to Web Standards

XForm 1.0 and the accompanying XML Events have finally been released as W3C Recommendations.

XForms separate presentation and content, minimise round-trips to the server, offer device independence, and, using XML Events, reduce the need for scripting. Archive of W3C News in 2003

To get plenty of practice with this exciting technology, the latest version of Forms Player now claims to be fully conforming to the recommendation. This is an easy to install plug in for Internet Explorer, making it quick and lightweight relative to the X-Smiles Java Browser.

I have been working extensively on developing accessible web forms with standard XHTML, CSS, DOM and PHP recently. It will be interesting to see what hurdles, if any, this new offering creates.

Posted on Oct 15, 2003 at 05:43:49. [Comments for XForms Becomes A Recommendation- 0]

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