XForms converter now on Adobe Labs

Today, we posted an alpha release of the xForm Converter utility on Adobe Labs. Projects on Adobe Labs are not final releases. We’re excited to have you review our work in progress, just keep in mind that neither the quality nor the features are complete yet. We want to show you our direction and listen to your feedback so we can continue to incorporate your needs into future betas and releases.

The converter will accept xForm container files such as HTML or XHTML but can be another language such as XML or XFDL. XFDL is IBM’s proprietary form description language used in IBM Workplace Forms. The converter will extract the xForm definition from these host files and generate Adobe’s XML Forms Architecture (XFA) documents.

xForms does not specify the presentation of a form, so the converter will place all form elements using left to right – top to bottom layout.  Business logic will be converted to JavaScript and data bindings will be maintained. This is a great head start to people that wish to take their xForms to the next level and leverage Adobe’s presentation capabilities.

We have provided a conversion method through both the console and an easy to use graphical user interface.
The output from either the console or UI is an *.XDP. The *.XDP file can be opened in LiveCycle Designer 8.0. If you don’t have LiveCycle Designer 8.0, you can download a trial version as part of the Acrobat 8 Professional trial .

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