Hi folks

I have been looking for a practical way to create rich dynamic forms in the
client using PHP, and would appreciate any pointers to workable approaches.
With the launch of .Net I suspect that customer expectations are going to
change, and good old plain HTML will begin to look dated.

I am thinking of client-side functionality such as lists that can sort and
filter, cascading dropdowns, drag and drop, validation in the client that is
double-checked on the server etc etc. I am doing quite large and complex
applications, so there is no way to code the client side stuff by hand - I
need some kind of dynamic library.

This is for intranet use, so I will be able to specifiy the browser verion
to be used, and any plugins required.

There seem to be all kinds of technologies emerging, but most of them are
either too immature, too slow (such as Flash based solutions - see
www.carels.com), or are based on Java.

For all its shorcomings, some kind of XML/DHTML solution seems best, and I
guess it will improve as Browsers catch up with CSS2.

I have spotted a very nice Java/Tomcat solution, for example (see
isomorphic.com), which shows what can be done. But the only DHTML/PHP
library I can find is dynapi, which looks promising but is still a bit
limited so far as functionality goes and the documentation is kinda thin.

Do any of you folks know of a workable way to do this - either commercial or
open source??

Any pointers would be much appreciated

Geoff Caplan.

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