Curious: online demo? xforms client?

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Jack Bates

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Mar 29, 2010, 1:58:41 PM3/29/10
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I'm quite interested in this EAD and XForms project, but little green
in my knowledge of XForms - interaction with the EAD XForms interface
is through a web browser? or another client? Does the client need
support for XForms, like this Mozilla XForms web browser extension?
http://www.mozilla.org/projects/xforms/

Is an online demo available, so I can get more information about your
project before committing to setting up the Java server requirements?
Even some screenshots - or better, a brief screencast - would be
helpful

Much thanks!

Ethan Gruber

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Mar 29, 2010, 2:10:50 PM3/29/10
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Hi Jack,

XForms is a specification that defines XML and a web form in a model-view relationship.  The Firefox browser extension is fairly rudimentary, but there are a few Java-based server applications that can run in Tomcat that process the XForms view and interface with a file system, eXist, or some other interface that is accessible with REST.  I'm using the application, Orbeon, which is open souce.  The user interacts with the data through a web browser, so the UI is browser and platform independent.  All EADitor needs is the JDK installed with the $JAVA_HOME variable set to path of the JDK.

A sandbox is available at http://www.scholarslab.org:8080/orbeon/ead/admin/ , but the system is somewhat slow.  It is probably getting a lot of hits today, and it's a virtual machine with only 1GB of RAM.

Ethan

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