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DOM Level 2 Becomes a W3C Proposed Recommendation

Date:      Wed, 27 Sep 2000 19:45:23 -0400
From:      Philippe Le Hegaret <>
Subject:   [Fwd: DOM Level 2 Becomes a W3C Proposed Recommendation]

Janet Daly wrote:

W3C is pleased to announce that the Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 has been released as a Proposed Recommendation. The W3C Advisory Committee has now been asked to advise on its disposition, according to the W3C Process, at:

This announcement has three parts:

1. The DOM Level 2 Proposed Recommendation URIs
2. A content summary of DOM Level 2
3. Results of the DOM Level 2 Candidate Recommendation Phase

1. The DOM Level 2 Proposed Recommendation URIs

DOM Level 2 consists of six modules, which are:

Document Object Model Level 2 Core
Editors: Mark Davis, Arnaud Le Hors, Philippe Le Higaret, Jonathan Robie, Lauren Wood

Document Object Model Level 2 Views
Editors: Laurence Cable, Arnaud Le Hors

Document Object Model Level 2 HTML
Editors: Arnaud Le Hors, Philippe Le Higaret

Document Object Model Level 2 Style
Editors: Vidur Apparao, Philippe Le Higaret, Chris Wilson

Document Object Model Level 2 Events
Editor: Tom Pixley

Document Object Model Level 2 Traversal and Range
Editors: Vidur Apparao, Mike Champion, Joe Kesselman, Jonathan Robie, Peter Sharpe

All modules of the Proposed Recommendation evolved from the latest DOM Level 2 Candidate Recommendation, available at:

2. Content Summary of DOM Level 2

The DOM Level 2 is the major deliverable required by the charter of the Document Object Model Working Group.

This specification defines the Document Object Model Level 2, a platform- and language-neutral interface that allows programs and scripts to dynamically access and update the content, structure and style of documents. The Document Object Model Level 2 builds on the Document Object Model Level 1.

The DOM Level 2 is made of a set of core interfaces to create and manipulate the structure and contents of a document and a set of optional modules. These modules contain specialized interfaces dedicated to XML, HTML, an abstract view, generic stylesheets, Cascading Style Sheets, Events, traversing the document structure, and a Range object.

The Working Group has published 7 drafts since December 1998, including a Last Call Working Draft on 23 September 1999 and 3 Candidate Recommendations starting from 10 December 1999.

The following excerpt is from Status of the Document section of the DOM Level 2 Core Proposed Recommendation, at:

This status section is duplicated in each of the DOM Level 2 Proposed Recommendation modules.

"This is a W3C Proposed Recommendation for review by W3C members and other interested parties. W3C Advisory Committee Members are invited to send formal comments, visible only to the W3C Team, to until October 25, 2000.

Comments on this document are invited and are to be sent to the public mailing list An archive is available at

Publication as a Proposed Recommendation does not imply endorsement by the W3C membership. This is still a draft document and may be updated, replaced or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to cite W3C Proposed Recommendations as other than 'work in progress.'

This document has been produced as part of the W3C DOM Activity. The authors of this document are the DOM WG members. Different modules of the Document Object Model have different editors.

A list of current W3C Recommendations and other technical documents can be found at

The W3C Document Object Model (DOM) Working Group has determined that the DOM Level 2 specification is stable, contributes to Web interoperability and is ready to enter the review process by the W3C Membership."

3. Results of the DOM Level 2 Candidate Recommendation Phase

The general goal of a W3C Candidate Recommendation period is to gain implementation experience and to demonstrate implementation interoperability.

The Working Group surveyed DOM developers and solicited reviews of the documents with this question in mind. Information about reviewers and their comments is available from:

Public Disposition of Comments:

The reviews of the developers raised a number of issues that the Working Group resolved and documented in its issues list.

Implementations have been made of every part of the spec, but the interoperability between different implementations has not been as exhaustively tested. However, what interoperability testing has been done has yielded only positive results. A significant number of different implementations from different sources were involved. As other specifications depend on DOM Level 2 (SMIL, SVG, MathML), and as the experience to date has been successful, the Director has approved DOM Level 2 to be presented to the AC for consideration as a Recommendation.

The deadline for receiving responses is 25 October 2000, 2400 GMT.

Every effort will be made by the W3C Team to reply to each comment, including public comments.

The Director's decision as to the status of the DOM Level 2 Proposed Recommendation is to be announced no earlier than 8 November 2000.

For Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director, and
Philippe Le Higaret, DOM Activity Lead;

Janet Daly, Head of Communications

Philippe Le Hegaret -
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), DOM Activity Lead

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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