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Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Specification

Version 1.0

W3C Candidate Recommendation 07 March, 2000

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Lauren Wood, SoftQuad Software Inc., chair
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Vidur Apparao, Netscape Communications Corporation
Laurence Cable, Sun
Mike Champion, Arbortext and Software AG
Mark Davis, IBM
Joe Kesselman, IBM
Philippe Le Hégaret, W3C, staff contact (from November 1999)
Tom Pixley, Netscape Communications Corporation
Jonathan Robie, Texcel Research and Software AG
Peter Sharpe, SoftQuad Software Inc.
Chris Wilson, Microsoft


This specification defines the Document Object Model Level 2, a platform- and language-neutral interface that allows programs and scripts to dynamically access and update the content, structure and style of documents. The Document Object Model Level 2 builds on the Document Object Model Level 1.

The DOM Level 2 is made of a set of core interfaces to create and manipulate the structure and contents of a document and a set of optional modules. These modules contain specialized interfaces dedicated to XML, HTML, an abstract view, generic stylesheets, Cascading Style Sheets, Events, traversing the document structure, and a Range object.

Status of this document

This specification is still in the Candidate Recommendation phase. This means the specification is stable, and the period to allow implementation of the specification is extended. The new Candidate Recommendation period ends the 20 March 2000.

Comments on this document are invited and are to be sent to the public mailing list An archive is available at

Should this specification prove impossible or very difficult to implement, the necessary changes to make it implementable will be made. If this specification is possible to implement, the only changes which will be made to this specification are minor editorial changes and clarifications.

This document has been produced as part of the W3C DOM Activity. The authors of this document are the DOM WG members. Different modules of the Document Object Model have different editors.

A list of current W3C Recommendations and other technical documents can be found at

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