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Re: What DHTML is

From: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2004 13:25:16 -0000
Message-ID: <00c601c3e022$024e4660$7afea8c0@Snufkin>
To: "WAI-IG" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, "Joe Clark" <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Cc: <dave@mezzoblue.com>

"Joe Clark" <joeclark@joeclark.org>
> >Except of course you've got a very peculiar definition of "DHTML
menus"...
>
> So I ran this by an expert.

Which is a rather offensive way of putting it...

> Longtime readers will be aware that I
> tend to do that. (And tend to know the experts.) Steven Champeon,
> coauthor of _Building Dynamic HTML GUIs_ <http://dhtml-guis.com/>,
> take it away!

Authoring a book does not make someone more of an expert, than someone who
hasn't authored a book.

> >If you go by the traditional definition, which in many circles has
> >been discredited - if it uses IEDOM or NSDOM, it's "DHTML", whereas
> >if it uses W3C DOM it's not DHTML proper - this tack draws the DHTML
> >line at NS4/IE4,

This is not a version of "DHTML" I have ever seen, it's certainly not one
prevalent on the web today, thus it's a peculiar definition.

I certainly believe the the popular use of the phrase DHTML I've seen is the
one that Steve wants it to be, that of using script/css and markup to do
something dynamic - that is it.

The collected peer-reviewed wisdom of a newsgroup, is a much more likely
place to get the general idea of what DHTML is considered to be, and that is
the definition, your original email post of Dave Shea's had the unusual
definition of DHTML, not me, and not Steve.

Jim.
Received on Wednesday, 21 January 2004 08:26:17 UTC

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