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Re: HTML APIs

From: Mike Champion <mcc@arbortext.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 09:48:25 -0500
Message-Id: <3.0.5.32.19981231094825.009e67f0@pophost.arbortext.com>
To: Mike Olson <mike.olson@fourthought.com>, www-dom@w3.org
Building DOM nodes for elements that logically must exist in an HTML
document but may not actually exist as tags in the source text *is* the job
of a DOM implementation. I don't think it matters if these fixups are done
"eagerly" when the document is created or "lazily" when someone asks for
one of the elements that were implied. 

I don't follow the implication of "what if the user really wants frames?". 

Mike Champion

At 10:55 PM 12/30/98 -0600, Mike Olson wrote:
>
>
>John Cowan wrote:
>
>> Mike Champion wrote:
>>
>> <snip>
>
>> 2. All valid HTML documents contain HTML, HEAD, and BODY elements even
>> if no such tags are present, and therefore conforming DOM implementations
>> must represent them explicitly as nodes.  (TBODY, which is a container
>> for table rows, obeys the same rules: it appears implicitly in every
>> TABLE element.)
>>
>
>I've been following your thread with much intrest, and need a little
>clarification.
>
>Would the adding of these tags be the job of the builder or the DOM
>implementation?  If it is the job of the DOM implementation, when should
these
>be added?  In the example giving earlier, I imagine it would be the job of
the
>builder to make sure the DOM structure represents a valid 4.0 document
even if
>what it is parsing is not completely valid (missing the HTML tag or such).
>However, should
>
>d = someFactory.createHTMLDocument();
>d.setTitle('A New Title')
>
>add a HTML and a HEAD (and of course a TITLE) to the document?
>
>or should:
>
>d = someFactory.createHTMLDocument();
>d.getBody();
>
>create a BODY tag and then return it?  What if the user really wants frames??
>
>
>Much thanks
>
>
>>
>> --
>> John Cowan                                      cowan@ccil.org
>>                 e'osai ko sarji la lojban.
>
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