XObject (was was was)

Bill la Forge b.laforge at jxml.com
Thu Oct 8 20:30:00 BST 1998

There seem to be a lot of problems with DOM:
    - an incomplete set of interfaces
    - excessive overhead for some applications.

But from the perspective of a component programming
environment, where each application object has a
peer member (or is a member) of the DOM tree,
there seems to be a big advantage:
    a standard navigation api.

So having a standard for converting an application-specific
document reference into application-specific elements of
a DOM tree means that we have decoupled the
application code from the tool that builds the DOM tree.

It also then creates a standard new kind of component--
an XObject, which could be a really good thing indeed
if they are easy to write.


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