XForms/Installing and Testing
XForms Client Options
There are several ways to get started using XForms. But we must first understand that running XForms within a web browser has several security-related issues that prevent software from saving to your local hard drive. There are several workarounds for this.
There are several XForms systems that can be used to build XForms. For example:
XSLTForms is a XForms implementation that can run within your browser or on the server. The client-based system run an XSLT transform within your browser.
BetterFORM is a server-side implementation of XForms that comes bundled with a native XML database (eXist-db).
The FireFox plugin has limited support on the Mac and may not be supported in current versions of FireFox.
One of the most common today is Installing XForms in Firefox. This takes only about a minute to install so it is used by many of our students. Most of these exercises have been tested with the Firefox 0.7 extension on both Firefox 1.5 and Firefox 2.0.
Firefox 3.6 plugin: xForms 0.8.7
Firefox 2.0 plugin: FireFox 2.0 for the Mac
betterFORM processes XForms on the server with Java.
Orbeon Forms processes XForms on the server with Java.
All can be used with the eXist Native XML Database.
See also the Wikipedia article on XForms