Document Object Model

Regardless of the underlying philosophy for enabling the client, the technology relies on the Document Object Model (DOM), a platform-neutral interface to the browser and the HTML documents it's rendering. The specification has been defined by the W3C,[2] and most of the browser manufacturers have implemented it in their latest versions. The idea is to have a common API that Web page developers[3] can use to manipulate the content in the HTML and XML document, as well as the resources of the browser itself.

[2] The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) of technology vendors and institutions is responsible for HTTP, HTML, XML, XSL, DOM, and other important Web and Internet standards.

[3] I use the term “developer” instead of “author” ...

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