Freeform: A User-Adaptable Form Management System.

Roger King, Michael Novak: Freeform: A User-Adaptable Form Management System. VLDB 1987: 331-338
  author    = {Roger King and
               Michael Novak},
  editor    = {Peter M. Stocker and
               William Kent and
               Peter Hammersley},
  title     = {Freeform: A User-Adaptable Form Management System},
  booktitle = {VLDB'87, Proceedings of 13th International Conference on Very
               Large Data Bases, September 1-4, 1987, Brighton, England},
  publisher = {Morgan Kaufmann},
  year      = {1987},
  isbn      = {0-934613-46-X},
  pages     = {331-338},
  ee        = {db/conf/vldb/KingN87.html},
  crossref  = {DBLP:conf/vldb/87},
  bibsource = {DBLP,}


Freeform is an office form management system based on the belief that a form should easily adapt to the needs of each of its users. Freeform uses a high-level data model in order to make relationships between items on a form more visible to the user. The description of the form, as well as the actual data, is stored in Cactis, an object-oriented database. By building more meaning into a form, Freeform makes it possible for a user to make all modifications to a form design by interactively editing the form. This includes modifications that affect the underlying database schema. Freeform thus allows users with little database knowledge to create and maintain private versions of a form while automatically maintaining integrity and consistency between versions.

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Peter M. Stocker, William Kent, Peter Hammersley (Eds.): VLDB'87, Proceedings of 13th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, September 1-4, 1987, Brighton, England. Morgan Kaufmann 1987, ISBN 0-934613-46-X
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Scott E. Hudson, Roger King: CACTIS: A Database System for Specifying Functinonally-Defined Data. OODBS 1986: 26-37 BibTeX
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  1. Eben M. Haber, Yannis E. Ioannidis, Miron Livny: OPOSSUM: Desk-Top Schema Management through Customizable Visualization. VLDB 1995: 527-538
  2. Richard Cooper, Zhenzhou Qin: A Generic Data Model for the Support of Multiple User Interaction Facilities. ER 1994: 351-368
  3. Richard Cooper: Configurable Data Modelling Systems. ER 1990: 35-52
  4. Roger King, Michael Novak: FaceKit: A Database Interface Design Toolkit. VLDB 1989: 115-123
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