The assignment was to go on to the Web and do a search on the words W3C DHTML standards.
Then investigate the sites listed on the search engines results page and locate two articles regarding
recommendations or standards that were released within the past 6 months. For each article, we were
to use Microsoft and Netscape's Web sites to research whether the W3C standard was supported in
each company's fourth-generation browser or if company has announced plans to comply with
standard in a future release.
Well, I did my research and found that the term Dynamic HTML is not a language or a specification. It's
Web pages dynamic and interactive.
The DOM acts as the glue that holds other standards like HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and
the necessary element for Dynamic HTML to work reliably across browsers. A DOM is not a new thing.
In fact, Internet Explorer and Navigator both already have DOMs, but their differences give Web
builders headaches working around compatibility problems. A standardized DOM could solve a lot of
cross-compatibility problems for people building dynamic, interactive pages.
Even though there are W3C recommendations for CSS, HTML, and DOM use neither of the big
browser makers have implemented W3C DOM standards into their currant forth-generation browsers
in any useful form.
Microsoft has its own DOM, regardless of how much of W3C DOM they support. Netscape's browser
uses a DOM that was developed three or four years ago. Both companies' are saying that they are planning
to implement more-complete support for the official W3C DOM standard into their fifth-generation browsers
but both companies are giving mixed signals as to what they will and will not support.