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XForms are a new type of web form, developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). OpenOffice.org 3 supports the XForms 1.0 open standard for creating web forms with XML.

In OpenOffice.org, an XForms document is a special type of Writer document. XForms use the same controls as the ordinary forms described in this chapter.

After you create and save an XForms document, you can open the document, fill out the form, and submit the changes to a server.

A detailed discussion of XForms is beyond the scope of this chapter, as it is related more to databases than word processing. A good tutorial introduction is J. David Eisenberg’s XForms and OpenDocument in OpenOffice.org, available from http://opendocument.xml.org/files/xforms_ooo_06_10_25.pdf and http://books.evc-cit.info/xforms_ooo_06_08_15.odt. Another good resource is Valden Longhurst’s Using XForms and the OpenDocument format in OpenOffice.org and StarOffice, http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Documentation/Using_XForms

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