While Acrobat ships, Cardiff calls for open standards
annouced that it will support the three major e-forms formats that will either
be introduced or revised this year–PDF, XForms and Microsoft InfoPath.
Regarding e-forms, the worst thing a business can do this year–which will see
the release of Acrobat 6, the W3C’s updated XForms standard for HTML and
Microsoft’s InfoPath–is freeze and do nothing, says Cardiff Chief Technology
Officer Mark Seamans.
Cardiff, he points out, will be supporting forms
workflows that involve paper, PDF, XForms and InfoPath, not just one of
those–so businesses who want to jump into e-forms but don’t necessarily want to
go all-PDF right away have a choice. Furthermore, Seamans says, his company has
been working to promote open standards for the forms market–which means
cooperating with Adobe, Microsoft and the W3C–so that all the competing formats
can eventually work together.
“We have no vested interest in trying to
monetize the client and every desktop seat, we’re really providing
infrastructure for automating the forms processes around your organization,”
Seamans says. “As such, not only do we let you support whatever format that
works for you, but in many cases, multiple formats in an
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