Welcome, DOM!

Tyler Baker tyler at infinet.com
Fri Oct 2 14:33:45 BST 1998

"Simon St.Laurent" wrote:

> Congratulations to all involved on the DOM's achieving W3C Recommendation
> status.  Now we officially have a document and document structure format
> (XML, http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/REC-xml-19980210), a way to style them
> (CSS2, http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS2), and a way to manipulate them (the
> DOM Level 1, http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-DOM-Level-1).
> That's quite a toolset.  How are everyone's implementations coming along?

>From what I can see nothing has changed except two things:

(1) strings are now formally defined as DOMStrings which are 16 bit UTF-16
encoded Strings.
(2) Attribute's are now Attr's.

Why were Attribute's changed to Attr's.  In a lot of ways this is sort of trivial
but verbosity in API's is almost always better than some shorthand abbreviation.
You can read words but not abbreviations.  Can someone please clarify the
motivation behind this change?  I know this sort of issue is trivial but it would
be nice to know nonetheless why this change was made.


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