[Tdwg-tag] TCS in RDF for use in LSIDs and possiblegeneric mechanism.

Ricardo Scachetti Pereira ricardo at tdwg.org
Fri Mar 24 10:33:59 CET 2006


    Microsoft InfoPath 2003, which comes with Microsoft Office 2003 
Professional, is supposed to do what you want.

    It doesn't create a nice looking user interface automagically from 
an XML Schema, though. You need to load the schema and then design the 
form, by dragging the XML elements into it and adding captions, labels, 
etc. But once you do that, the user interface for filling in the form is 
kinda nice.

    It comes with a number of silly templates for business use 
(invoices, time cards, etc). I loaded TCS schema v1.0 and designed a 
simple form using it just for fun. See the attached picture.

    I hope this helps.



Roger Hyam wrote:

>Can you point me in the direction of a tool that will generate  
>interfaces for data editing from an arbitrary XML Schema - and works out 
>the box? I presume that, as you bemoan the lack of them for RDF, they 
>exist for XML Schema based documents.
>I am not talking XML editors (Spy and friends) here I am talking pukka 
>data editors for regular biologists to use. I gave up trying to find 
>these tools a while back but they may now have reached maturity. There 
>was all this promise that one would be able to define a document 
>structure in XML Schema and distribute this to clients and they would 
>just see groovy forms to fill in and manage data in a database 
>somewhere. No more slog in designing user interfaces just one generic 
>tool. I got excited about XForms but soon got over that. Is there a tool 
>I can download and use with SDD, TCS and ABCD?
>If I could get my hands on such a tool I could try it with one of my 
>'avowed' serialization schemas and then demonstrate that I am editing 
>RDF with it - but that really would be confusing. Where are the generic 
>XML tools you imply?

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