Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The state of Orbeon Forms, Part 7

Here is a summary of the Orbeon Forms developments for October/November 2009:
  1. Next release

    • Orbeon Forms 3.7.2 is almost ready. Nightly builds are quite stable and we are almost ready to release!
  2. Web site and demos

  3. Orbeon Forms components

    • New reCAPTCHA XBL component. This a reusable CAPTCHA component based on the reCAPTCHA API. It was implemented in record time thanks to our support for XBL components.
    • Improved autocomplete control. The autocomplete control has been enhanced to make a distinction between item label and value.
    • Reusable Error Summary component. Our Error Summary feature is now a fully reusable component.
    • New Alert Dialog component. The alert dialog allows you to build simple dialogs for those cases where you need to inform users of something that happened, or ask a question which can be answered by a yes or a no.
  4. Other Orbeon Forms bug-fixes and enhancements

  5. XForm specification

    • XForms 1.1 is a W3C Recommendation. On October 20, and after years of hard work, XForms 1.1 has become a full recommendation! Check the testimonials of member companies. Check also Kurt Cagle's "The Key XForms Enhancements in Version 1.1".
    • XForms Working Group face to face meeting. In early November, we had a face to face meeting in California. We made good progress on XForms 1.2/2.0 features such as custom XPath functions, improved UI events, and even discussed the topic of components.
  6. Documentation, how-tos, and examples

  7. Misc

    • eXist's Wolfgang  Meier on FLOSS Weekly. Check this podcast interview of Wolfgang, the main developer of the eXist XML database that we ship with Orbeon Forms.