PureEdge Solutions Inc., a leading provider of automation for form-based business processes, will host key meetings of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Working Groups on June 7-11, 2004 at PureEdge headquarters in Victoria, BC.  Members of the W3C XForms and HTML Working Groups from around the world will meet to continue to design the next generation of specifications for HTML and XForms.  XForms is the next generation of both HTML and PureEdge forms.

The W3C has approximately 350 member organizations and was created in October 1994 to lead the Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability.

"These Working Group meetings provide an intensive technical forum for development of the best specifications that meet the XML mandate of openness and interoperability, which are critical to the evolution of the user experience on the Web," said Dr. John Boyer, PureEdge Senior Product Architect. "XForms in particular, provides a standard for intelligent, interactive e-forms to help automate business processes and the exchange of data. PureEdge is at the forefront of the discussions and will continue to play a key role, especially in the areas of XForms security and applicability to enterprise business process design.

PureEdge, a member of W3C and other standards bodies, is a leader in the area of open standards and is widely recognized as one of the first companies to provide real-world XML-solutions, and the first company to bring secure XML electronic forms to the Internet. In 1998, the company published XFDL (Extensible Forms Description Language), the first XML protocol for enforceable electronic forms. Co-authored by PureEdge and Tim Bray (the co-editor of the XML specification), XFDL was submitted to the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), which published it as a Note. Since its submission, PureEdge and XFDL have played an important role in the W3C's ongoing work on secure and digitally signed XML.


The mission of the HTML Working Group is to develop the next generation of HTML as a suite of XML tag sets with a clean migration path from HTML 4.  The XForms Working Group's mission is to develop W3C specifications for the next generation of Web forms. Dr. John Boyer played a leading role in the XForms Working Group and is the author of the computation engine featured in XForms 1.0.  PureEdge's participation has been fundamental to the ongoing development of the XForms specification.

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