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Re: DOM, markup, and "dynamic html"

From: Todd Fahrner <fahrner@pobox.com>
Date: Sat, 24 May 1997 13:11:47 -0700
Message-Id: <v03102802afacf8724a7d@[]>
To: "Joel N. Weber II" <devnull@gnu.ai.mit.edu>, scotti@microsoft.com
Cc: www-style@w3.org
At 3:49 PM -0400 5/24/1997, Joel N. Weber II wrote:
> Maybe I'm misunderstanding something, but it looks to me like
> dynamic HTML assumes the browser internally flattens out the HTML
> tree.  That would make implementing it difficult in a browser which
> uses a tree structure internally.
> >From what little I've seen of dynamic HTML, it looks to me like it's
> impossible to get any two browsers to support it the same exact way.
> And it doesn't look like it's going to downgrade gracefully either.

I don't quite follow you here - probably my shaky grasp of implementation
issues. But as for graceful degradation - that's at the heart of my
questions. I'd say that something degrades gracefully if you end up
shipping only the parts of a document that the client - any client - can
make good sense of. If you can have totally generic HTML (no presentational
markup) in one file, CSS in another, and scripts in a third, I'd say you've
hit the target. And it's looking to me like that's what we'll have in both
4.0 browsers, with the exception of NS's markup-based solution to
"dynamism". *yawn*

Todd Fahrner
Received on Saturday, 24 May 1997 16:10:44 UTC

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