DOM - Creating Documents

Paul Prescod paul at
Tue Apr 20 16:39:01 BST 1999

David Megginson wrote:
> It's hard to guess what the original motivation was, and I have never
> been a member of the DOM WG (and joined the IG fairly recently), but I
> do think that it makes some sense: after all, the DOM will often be an
> adapter interface to an entirely different structure, like a set of
> database tables, and in such a contexts, createDocument might not make
> sense at all.  

In the same situation createNode could cause a problem. Or setAttribute.
Etc. I don't buy that argument.

> Now, that said, it would be possible to have
> createDocument simply throw an exception when it's inappropriate.

That's the only reasonable way to handle writability. 

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

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