Steven Pemberton wins 2017 Best Demo Award at XML London

On 10 June 2017 Steven Pemberton of CWI’s Distributed and Interactive Systems research group won by acclamation the Demo Award at the XML London conference for his demonstration ‘XForms Game’.

XForms is a web technology and W3C standard, co-designed by Pemberton, originally intended for handling forms on the web. However, since version 1.1 it has been generalized to allow the description of more general applications, and the demo was used to show that.

Used worldwide, such as by the Dutch Weather Service KNMI, the Dutch and British Governments, the BBC, NHS and US Department of Motor Vehicles, experience has shown that XForms reduces the time needed to design an application by a factor of ten. In his demo, Pemberton showed the development of a game using XForms, in only a few lines of code.

CWI’s Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) research group focuses on facilitating and improving the way people access media and communicate with others and with the environment. They address key problems for society and science, resulting from the dense connectivity of content, people, and devices. The group uses recognized scientific methods, following a full-stack, experimental, and human-centered approach.

CWI has a long history with both Internet and the World Wide Web: we registered the .nl domain for the Netherlands in 1986 and in 1988 we established the first open European Internet connection together with partners from the USA. Active in Web research, a W3C Member since 1995, and host of the local W3C Benelux Office since 1998, CWI values innovation and collaboration. Research in XForms is part of that.

A live description of the demo can be found at

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