Origo initiates XForms briefings with life and pensions industry


Origo, the technology standards body for the financial services industry, is promoting the take up of XForms, billed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as the next generation of Web forms.

Origo sees the development of XForms as an opportunity to move the industry from its own forms description language, ISML, to a more widely supported, open standard.

XForms clearly separates purpose of data from presentation and results, thus providing support for reuse, accessibility, and device independence.
Origo is holding an Industry briefing to provide attendees with the information they need to judge for themselves the benefits and business justification for adopting XForms as part of their technology infrastructure. The event is to be held on Tuesday 6th April 2004, hosted by IBM at their South Bank facility in London.

A number of XForms experts will be presenting on the day, from organisations including IBM, Focus, Novell, Point Solutions, Polaris, Practiv, W3C and x-port. The event will provide an opportunity to ask questions of leading experts, including members of the W3C XForms Working Group.

Topics to be covered at the event include:
* The role of electronic forms in e-commerce
* Benefits of XForms to the enterprise
* Benefits of XForms to the user
* Case study of XForms usage and implementation
* Current state of the XForms marketplace

Paul Pettitt, managing director of Origo, commented: "It has always been our intention to migrate to a global, open standard as soon as one suitable became available. Origo's role is to develop XML Standards that support the business processes, and facilitate the development of e-commerce in the financial services marketplace. As such, we have been participating in the development of XForms to ensure that the standard meets the industry's most important data capture requirements."

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