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Using XML to make it easier
- From: "Dave Winer" <dave@u...>
- To: <xml-dev@i...>
- Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 19:20:27 -0800
Here's a screen shot of a new application we
released earlier this week:
It's a browser-based survey system. Before
designing it, we did a prior-art review of other browser-based systems for
creating surveys, and found they got bogged down when providing a way to specify
a variable number of responses. Forms work well when you know exactly how many
of each items are allowed, but when it's variable, you end up putting the user
thru a time-consuming and error-prone process. It makes it hard to fix mistakes
-- so you end up with lots of mistakes! :-(
I wanted something that would be easier, and XML
provided the solution. This is not the usual reputation that XML has -- many
people think it makes things more complex, but in this application and a few
others we have in the pipe, it actually makes it easier.
If you want to try out the survey editor, all
that's required is UserLand.Com membership, which is, of course free and open
(takes less than a minute to sign up.) The URL for the survey editor
I hope you all check it out!
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