Monday, July 2, 2012

Orbeon Forms 4.0 M5

Today we released Orbeon Forms 4.0 M5 (Milestone 5). Like 4.0 M4 and the previous milestones this is not a final release.

In this build we have implemented the following improvements:
  • Invalid controls in Form Builder do not prevent saving and publishing the form (#341).
  • Orbeon Forms outputs the HTML 5 doctype by default (#306).
  • The language selection logic in Form Runner is rewritten and allows configuring which of the languages present in a form must be visible (#166, #117).
  • We fixed an error in Form Builder when inserting a specific XBL control (#322).
  • The $fr-roles variable works again (#328).
  • fr:tabview events have been fixed (#329).
  • We removed unwanted messages in the logs about missing instances (#174).
  • The Page Flow Controller (PFC) has been partially rewritten to address the following:
    • It now displays the configured error page in more relevant cases, including when accessing a non-existing Form Runner form (#150).
    • Some elements and attributes now have more meaningful names, and the older names are deprecated.
    • It supports an error handler in the PFC itself (instead of the web application level).
    • It serves resources directly, so serving CSS, JavaScript and images should be faster.
We have also removed support for some old bits and pieces which were getting in the way:
  • XForms: the "nospan" HTML mode.
  • XPL: the uri and encapsulation attributes.
  • PFC: custom matchers ("glob" and regular expressions are now built-in).
  • Core: the Apache Jakarta ORO library (we use Java regular expressions everywhere).
  • XUpdate support.
Work on the look and feel is still in progress but not yet committed. Stay tuned for this!

More information is available in the in-progress release notes for 4.0.

You can download the builds using these links:
Don't forget to grab a trial license for the PE version.

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