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DOM Level 1 Becomes a W3C Recommendation

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) today released the Document Object Model Level 1 specification as a W3C Recommendation.

The specification reflects cross-industry agreement on a standard API (Applications Programming Interface) for manipulating documents and data through a programming language (such as Java or ECMAScript/JavsScript).

The specification defines the foundation of a platform- and language-neutral interface to access and update dynamically a document's content, structure, and style. The DOM Level 1 provides a standard set of objects for representing HTML and XML documents and data, a standard model of how these objects may be combined, and a standard interface for accessing and manipulating them.

A W3C Recommendation indicates that a specification is stable, contributes to Web interoperability, and has been reviewed by the W3C Membership, who favor its adoption by the industry.

"The DOM Level 1 Recommendation not only provides Web authors with the interoperability they need, it also unifies how HTML and XML tools for documents and data will be extended," said Lauren Wood (SoftQuad, Inc.), Chair of the W3C DOM Working Group.

HTML 4.0 provides authors with a standard way to embed scripts in a document, but does not specify how those scripts can manipulate the document's content, structure, and style. The DOM defines a standard API that allows authors to write programs that work without changes across tools and browsers from different vendors.

The standard DOM interface enables XML designers to write software (similar to plug-ins) for processing customized tag-sets in a language- and platform-independent way. A standard API will make it easier to develop modules that can be re-used in different applications.

Further information on DOM can be found at http://www.w3.org/DOM/