DOM - Creating Documents

Leigh Dodds ldodds at
Tue Apr 20 13:13:10 BST 1999

Hi, just a quick question:

Why doesn't the Document Object Model have a createDocument 
method to allow the creation of a new Document instance?

I'd like to be able to build up a Document programmatically 
and later save it to disk as an XML document. I can see that 
the details of how a Document might be saved are implementation 
specific, but surely the actual *creation* of a Document is 
abstract enough to be included?

Is this due for later amendment, or am I missing something 
subtle here? Presently I can see that the only way I can 
achieve this is to use the OpenXML package which has a DOMFactory 
object for creating a new Document. In other words I'm using 
an implementation specific feature when I was hoping to write 
my application around the DOM spec and then plug in any 
suitable DOM-compliant parser. It seems the spec is lacking 
in this regard.

Thanks in advance. And also apologies if this has been 
discussed to death in the past.


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