- Arnaud Le Hors, W3C
- Robert S. Sutor, IBM Research (for DOM Level 1)
Several of the following term definitions have been borrowed or
modified from similar definitions in other W3C or standards
documents. See the links within the definitions for more
- The base unit of a
DOMString. This indicates that
indexing on a
DOMString occurs in units of 16 bits.
This must not be misunderstood to mean that a
DOMString can store arbitrary 16-bit units. A
DOMString is a character string encoded in UTF-16;
this means that the restrictions of UTF-16 as well as the other
relevant restrictions on character strings must be maintained. A
single character, for example in the form of a numeric character
reference, may correspond to one or two 16-bit units.
- An API is an Application Programming Interface, a set of
functions or methods used to access some functionality.
- A child is an immediate descendant node of a node.
- The content model is a simple grammar governing the
allowed types of the child elements and the order in which they
Element Content in XML [XML].
- document element
- There is only one document element in a
This element node is a child of the
Document node. See
XML Documents in XML [XML].
- Each document contains one or more elements, the boundaries of
which are either delimited by start-tags and end-tags, or, for
empty elements by an empty-element tag. Each element has a type,
identified by name, and may have a set of attributes. Each
attribute has a name and a value. See
Logical Structures in XML [XML].
- An object is live if any change to the underlying
document structure is reflected in the object.
- A local name is the local part of a qualified
name. This is called the local part in Namespaces in XML [XML
- namespace prefix
- A namespace prefix is a string that associates an
element or attribute name with a namespace URI in XML. See
namespace prefix in Namespaces in XML [XML
- A namespace URI is a URI that identifies an XML
namespace. This is called the namespace name in Namespaces in XML
- partially valid
- A node in a DOM tree is partially valid if it is well formed (this
part is for comments and processing instructions) and its immediate
children are those expected by the content model. The node may be
missing trailing required children yet still be considered
- A qualified name is the name of an element or attribute
defined as the concatenation of a local name (as defined in
this specification), optionally preceded by a namespace
prefix and colon character. See
Qualified Names in Namespaces in XML [XML
- The description given to various information items (for
example, attribute values of various types, but not including the
StringType CDATA) after having been processed by the XML processor.
The process includes stripping leading and trailing white space,
and replacing multiple space characters by one. See the definition
of tokenized type.
- A document is well-formed if it is tag valid and
entities are limited to single elements (i.e., single
- Extensible Markup Language (XML) is an extremely simple
dialect of SGML which is completely described in this document. The
goal is to enable generic SGML to be served, received, and
processed on the Web in the way that is now possible with HTML. XML
has been designed for ease of implementation and for
interoperability with both SGML and HTML. [XML]