Almost every enterprise-scale Internet or intranet system
requires forms-based data entry. Some systems require only a
small amount of administrative input; other systems, such as
hospital administration systems, e-commerce systems, etc.,
require thousands of forms for data entry covering billing,
orders, contact requests, complaints, etc. The management of
the forms-based data entry system in itself is a large
undertaking, independent of other parts of a modern system.
XFE, a forms engine developed by E-XMLMedia,
radically simplifies development of forms based data entry
systems. A one-page interaction document, written by a
web designer in XML, defines the form, describes the desired
interaction with the user, and specifies the information
desired from the user. The form definition is given to XFE.
XFE manages multiple rounds of interaction with the user
through the user's favorite browser. The result of data entry
is delivered to the web application as a validated XML
XFE 1.0 Beta is based on the latest version of the draft
XForms 1.0 W3C
Working Draft 18 January 2002.
here for a brochure describing XFE. (PDF 35 KB) (Word 38
here for a Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ document describing XFE and XFORMS. (PDF 21 KB)
for a 30 day evaluation version of XFE.
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The unique characteristics of this component are:
Improved Quality of User Interaction - web designers focus on
interfaces, application developers focus on data.
Separation of "Church" and "State" - interaction issues are
divorced from data representation issues.
Snappy User Interface and Reduced Bandwidth and Processing
Costs - interaction processing is done directly on the
Sophisticated Forms Interaction - W3C XForms standard provides
a rich language for forms interaction description.
Simplified Maintenance - all interaction issues are reduced to
a single XML document.
Automatic Generation of User Interfaces sell text links - given a data
dictionary or catalog, forms based interaction can be
Standards Compliance - W3C XForms standard is open to everyone.
Are You Storing Data in a Database or Repository? XFE is
designed to interact easily with E-XMLMedia's other products.