A single specification
I would like to suggest/propose a unified, modular specification for the
following languages / specifications / options:
- HTML 4.0
- The DOM (Document Object Model)
- DOM / ECMAScript integration rules
- Other interpreted presentation / application options
The current HTML 4.0 specification provides extensive support for the
integration of style sheets and scripting but does not include the style
and script specifications themselves. This could set up conditions where
browser vendors claim HTML 4.0 support without supporting any of the
implied style and script extensions.
Another problem could arise where browser vendors implement vendor specific
languages which would not support access to the DOM in a standard form.
If a new specification (Unified Browser Language (UBL) for example) or a
unified all consuming HTML specification were created to incorporate these
existing and emerging standards, then a clearer direction could be given to
The UBL could be broken down into various levels which would define browser
capability very clearly.
UBL 0 (Standard HTML, No Scripts, No Styles)
UBL 1 (Style sheet extensions to HTML and style sheet interpreter)
UBL 2 (Scripting extensions to HTML and complete script interpreter)
Devices like WebTV, Windows CE Devices, Nokia 9000's etc. would probably
support "UBL 0" or "UBL 0/1" for "presentation/publishing" only. More
advanced devices might support "UBL 0/1/2" or "UBL 0/2" and so on for
A unified specification would also provide less leeway for vendors like
Microsoft and Netscape because the various language interfaces would be
fully described. Extensions to the UBL could then easily be presented and
added with embedded HTML extension so that the base HTML spec would not
have to go through as many revisions.
I don't think XML will provide the kind of extension support required here.
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