Documents and Document Fragments

Lauren Wood lauren at
Wed Feb 24 19:18:57 GMT 1999

Tim.Shaw at wrote:

> A document fragment is a lightweight document (as defined by W3C
> REC-DOM-Level-1-19981001). These fragments may be used for numerous purposes -
> including creating (by 'insertion') other documents.
> A document fragment need not be WF - but (presumably) they must represent at
> least one <tag></tag> type construct as they are also Nodes

No; the DOM spec defines its document fragment as having the same
potential content as a parsed entity, i.e. some mixture of text,
elements, comments, PIs, etc. It does not need to have a root
element, or indeed any elements at all. It could just consist of one
comment, or some text.



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