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Re: lynx-dev Adding script support

From: David Woolley
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Adding script support
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 08:53:40 +0000 (GMT)

> I looked through DOM-level1-html definition, 

Most Javascript is written for DOM-Level-0.  There is no standard for
DOM level 0 and the implementation is significantly different between
NS and IE.  You would have to use MSDN for IE and the relevant Javascript
references for NS.

It's possible that IE5 has some DOM1 support, but I'm sure that NS4 doesn't.

DOM1 has no document.write (there are good philosophical - i.e. not
of interest to commercial producers) reasons for not supporting
document.write on the document being loaded, but document.write, including
on the document being loaded, is fairly endemic in commercial web pages.

Almost no-one is going to write DOM1 for the benefit of Lynx; the
perceived market is much too small.  Some may eventually write DOM2 for 
NS6, but that will take a year or two and may never happen.

In the mean time, the best one can hope for is Netscape 4 DOM0,
with layers removed, which is more or less a subset of IE4/5 DOM0.
More likely there will be browser sniffing with NS and IE branches.
If you are very lucky, there will be feature sniffing.

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