Streams, protocols, documents and fragments

Tom Harding tomh at
Fri Feb 26 16:06:37 GMT 1999

David Megginson wrote:

> -- a general-purpose DOM would be *extremely* inefficient for handling
> things like vector graphics or 3D worlds (to name only two), though it
> is always possible to expose their optimised object models through a
> DOM interface later if necessary.

In lots of applications, the data can't stay in an XML representation for very long anyway,
because of what you're integrating it with/displaying it on/routing it through/converting it
to/storing it in/etc... I view the DOM as a standard, OO way of manipulating the contents of a
document.  It lets applications get work done, even without taking an end-to-end OO approach.
Perhaps I'm showing my bias here ;D

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