Scripting in the Browser: Manipulating the DOM
- Building on Older Browser Models The tools for scripting XML in the browser are based on (and still dependent upon) the model created for manipulating HTML with scripts.
- Still Catching Up to the Spec Microsoft's Internet Explorer 5 is close to supporting the W3C DOM Level 1 specification, but still has plenty of support for mechanisms from IE 4. Netscape's Mozilla project promises a clean DOM-based model, but it isn't quite heere yet.
- Lots of missing pieces Making XML truly scriptable is going to require some additional infrastructure, notably a means for identifying scripts that process XML documents.
- Tentative experiments While scripting XML in the browser has a bright future, the tools available today are really only a taste. The limitations of the demonstrations to follow are very real today, but will hopefully improve over time.
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Copyright 2000 Simon St.Laurent