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Re: Anybody for a server-DOM spec?

From: Stephen R. Savitzky <steve@crc.ricoh.com>
Date: 24 Aug 1998 11:46:56 -0700
To: Claude Zervas <czervas@Adobe.COM>
Cc: www-dom@w3.org
Message-ID: <qcemu6md3z.fsf@gelion.crc.ricoh.com>
Claude Zervas <czervas@Adobe.COM> writes:

> The current DOM spec is next to useless for server-side
> applications. It contains way too much baggage designed
> for client-side scripting that only benefits basically
> two or three big vendors. It has almost no support for
> editing (since there are no defined 'set' methods for
> most of the node tree mutation attributes).
> I propose that a group of interested people get together
> to define a new spec (using the current one as a base)
> that lends itself to efficient server-side implementations
> and that can share nodes between implementations.

Count me in!

> Most of the people using the DOM for server-side applications
> are most likely creating non-conforming implementations and
> it is sad that these implementations will not be interchangeable.
> We need to come up with a basic server-DOM spec before things get
> too whacky.

I think that we can go a long way with this if we start by simply flagging
those portions of the spec (almost all, I think, semantic restrictions
rather than the actual interfaces) that don't work for our purposes.  The
two most egregious of these are: "Every node has a parent" and "every
NodeList is live".

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