Smartsite XForms


Interaction with web site visitors is crucial. You may want to offer web site visitors the option to inquire online or to order products using accessible, robust web forms.

Smartsite XForms Server provides the solution.

A screenshot of the Smartsite XForms Workbench, used as a front-end for Smartsite XForms Engine.

Based on powerful open standards

Smartsite XForms Server and Workbench are, as you would assume from the name, based on the W3C XForms standard.  This international standard with broad acceptance offers the possibility to define forms declaratively. Which information would you like to gather in the form? Which validations and dependencies apply? Which formulas and calculations determine the flow of the data entry process? Each of these options are available in a form that you compose interactively using the Smartsite XForms Workbench. The Workbench is the ultimate tool for website managers and developers to quickly compose complex forms and to test and debug them.

Meeting accessibility standards the user friendly way

We should apply the same requirements to web forms we apply to other web pages: they should be accessible and meet guidelines, such as WCAG. On the other hand, user friendliness should be paramount. The forms rendered by the Smartsite XForms Engine meet the highest requirements on both fronts. This enables you to reach the highest possible degree of conversion for your website.

Smartsite XForms Server as an “embedded solution”?

Independent Software Vendors who develop solutions in which forms play an important role, may consider integrating Smartsite XForms Server and Workbench into their own solution based on the OEM concept. Should you be interested in this option, please get in touch.
 
The Smartsite XForms Server and Workbench are currently available to our business partners in a  beta version. The final release of this module is expected later in 2012.

Technical Details

The Smartsite XForms Engine is written as a multi-tiered application in C# (.NET) and can be hosted on any .NET based system. XHTML/HTML5 + jQuery/AJAX rendering is included as a pluggable render device in the XForms architecture. Other render devices can easily be plugged in. The XHTML output is accessible, WCAG and “Web Guidelines” compliant and built using “Progressive Enhancement” techniques. Smartsite XForms applications thus downgrade well, even in non-scripting environments, but have a slick, state-of-the-art look and feel in modern browsers.

XForms Workbench

The Smartsite XForms Workbench is especially designed for developing, debugging and testing XForms documents. It hosts a multitude of features, such as:

  • Continuous (live) rendering
  • Intellisense and code completion
  • Interactive XForms schema validation
  • Instant display of all instance data during sessions
  • Compiled form (tree) display
  • Advanced logging and error-tracking
  • Renderdevice switch (XHTML 1.0 Strict, HTML 5, XML, ....)
  • Templates for form-creation
  • Quick start Wizard to auto-generate XForms document
  • HTML element back-tracking for easy lookup of generating XForms logic (Firebug-like point-and-click)
  • Ajax (JSON) traffic debugging
  • Skinning
  • HTML form import with auto-conversion

Documentation

The Smartsite XForms documentation can be found at http://docs.ixperion.smartsite.nl/XForms

 

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Forum Description Topics Posts Last Post
XForms: Workbench Topics related to the XForms Workbench 3 7 18 04 2012 - 12:40
XForms: getting things done Questions about getting things done in XForms 1 6 14 10 2011 - 06:26
XForms: Framework / Extensibility / Integration Topics related to the framework and extensibility layer 1 2 12 10 2011 - 11:34
XForms: 1.1 Specification implementation Issues concerning the implementation of the XForms 1.1 Specification in the Smartsite XForms Engine. 2 3 12 10 2011 - 11:33
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