6273RE: [XSL-FO] Forms in FO
- Mar 22, 2005Hi,
Well I do output in four formats, (HTML, Compiled Help, Online Help,
PDF), most of which take the forms, so I'm not too bothered. I might
just create a table people can fill out the old fashioned way (with a
technology known as print out and write :) so they can contact us if
they really are desperate to comment! At the moment I just direct them
to the main help files as I have to have something to replace the topic
normally filled with HTML forms.
Hopefully soon I can have space on our website to include a feedback
form (although perhaps not with just dodgy emailing replies!) and I can
then link to that from the PDF with a plain old external link ;)
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From: G. Ken Holman [mailto:gkholman@...]
Sent: 22 March 2005 15:46
Subject: Re: [XSL-FO] Forms in FO
At 2005-03-22 14:17 +0000, Nicola Harlow wrote:
>Does anyone have an example of a form in XSL:FO?but
>I want to provide the full monty including drop-down lists etc.
>At the moment I can only get the users to email back their comments,
>anything you have would help. Once I understand the basics I can giveit
>a hack!The way I approached this problem is to express the form content in XML,
>I have a version in HTML, but have no idea where to start with getting
>it into PDF (or even if it's possible).
use one stylesheet for print with XSL-FO, and then another for the web
server using PHP for dynamic forms interaction. The resulting fields,
the user presses "Send", are then emailed to me as a well-formed XML
PHP is powerful, but verbose and sometimes awkward. By learning enough
to write my XSLT stylesheet to synthesize the resulting PHP page, I have
now forgotten PHP almost entirely and just write my forms descriptions
my XML forms vocabulary and my stylesheet does the rest.
I have it in mind to do the same with XForms ... relearn PHP, write an
stylesheet that reads the XForms description, and then synthesize the
needed to present the form dynamically from the server to a simple web
browser. Then I can forget PHP again and do all my work in XForms
of my own vocabulary. I've already proven the concept years ago before
XForms came out, and I think it would be a contribution to the XForms
community to have such a stylesheet. I'd like to do this with the UBL
input specifications that are being developed.
The guest book page on my web site is implemented in this fashion (with
own vocabulary, not yet with XForms); when you press "Send" you get a
of the email message with the well-formed instance. It is also used on
http://xugo.org attendance registration page (btw, for those readers in
Ottawa area, the next meeting is tonight). Though I haven't had the
to create a print layout for this page in XSL-FO it would be
straightforward, and it would be a separate effort.
I think trying to build any kind of interaction with XSL-FO would be
misguided. As Eliot said, there are no forms interaction semantics in
I hope this helps.
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