W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > www-dom@w3.org > October to December 2001

Re: What is the meaning of the DOM ECMAScript binding?

From: Jesse McCarthy <mccarthy36@earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 19:14:47 -0500
To: www-dom@w3.org, keshlam@us.ibm.com
Message-ID: <MWMail.gmrejtqo@host.none>
"Joseph Kesselman" <keshlam@us.ibm.com> wrote on 11/8/01 6:16:29 PM:
>
>The DOM is an API, not a set of specific variables. It expressed absolutely
>no opinion on what your variable are called; it just says that if you have
>an object which presents the Document interface, it will have thus-and-such
>methods and properties and behaviors.
>
>If you want to assign a Document to a variable that you call custardPudding
>-- assuming that the datatype of the variable is such that it will accept a
>Document -- that's entirely your choice -- just as you can name your
>integer variables anything you please.
>
>> If the purpose of the  binding is not to establish actual object names,
>>then I don't see what purpose it would serve.
>
>It isn't. It establishes the methods and behaviors of those objects once
>you've obtained them. How you obtain them is out of the DOM's scope.


I see your point.  That leads me to my next question (I don't know if this is 
in your sphere of interest).  I am  a web developer, seeking to use the DOM 
with ECMAScript to author scripts that will function in any browser that 
complies with the standards for DOM, ECMAScript, and whatever version of HTML --
 without any monkey business to find out what browser it is or do anything to 
 accomodate any particular browser.  Obviously the most fundamental interface 
 that I will need to access is 'Document' or 'HTMLDocument'.  If different 
 compliant implementations of the DOM can provide access to that interface by 
 objects of different names, how am I supposed to accomplish my goal? 
Received on Thursday, 8 November 2001 19:42:19 GMT

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.2.0+W3C-0.50 : Friday, 22 June 2012 06:13:55 GMT