XML News from Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The Mozilla project has posted the second preview of its XForms extension for of Firefox 1.5. Mozilla XForms support has been developed over the last year by IBM, Novell, and independent contributors.

The first alpha of FormFaces, a pure JavaScript XForms processor, has been posted. In FomrFaces, "JavaScript transcodes the XForms controls to HTML form controls and processes the binding directly within the browser - requiring ZERO server-side processing and ZERO plug-ins." Supported browsers inlcude recent versions of Internet Explorer, Netscape, Mozilla, FireFox, Opera, Konquerer, Safari, and NetFront. FormFaces is licensed under the GPL.

The xframe project has released xsddoc 1.0, an open source documentation generator for W3C XML Schemas based on XSLT. xsddoc generates JavaDoc-like documentation of schemas. Java 1.3 or later is required.

x-port.net has released of formsPlayer, a free-beer (e-mail address required) XForms processor that "only works in Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 6 SP 1." This release adds an XPath function that allows a node to be tested for validity and the EXSLT evaluate function.

YesLogic has released Prince 5.0 r2, a $349 payware batch formatter for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X that produces PDF and PostScript from XML documents with CSS stylesheets. This is a bug fix release.