IBM/Lotus Acquires XForms Vendor PureEdge

On July 19, IBM announced it’s buying PureEdge for its XForms capabilities.

XForms is an evolving industry standard for the open exchange of rich forms. The forms have such capabilities as workflow intelligence, digital signatures, precision layouts, and offline processing. Industry groups are working on common, industry-specific definitions. If you like, it’s an updated version of EDI. See http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Forms/ for more details.

The acquisition is good news for Lotus users. It’s also a good thing for the industry as a whole, because it grants further momentum to XForms. Hitherto, most electronic forms have been highly proprietary. Opening them up, so that different internal systems can share forms, will be very valuable. Ditto for the exchange of forms between organizations.

Author: David Ferris

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