- 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.
- 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 1.0].
- There is an ordering, document order, defined on all the
nodes in the document corresponding to the order in which the first
character of the XML representation of each node occurs in the XML
representation of the document after expansion of general entities.
Thus, the document
element node will be the first node. Element nodes occur
before their children. Thus, document order orders element nodes in
order of the occurrence of their start-tag in the XML (after
expansion of entities). The attribute nodes of an element occur
after the element and before its children. The relative order of
attribute nodes is implementation-dependent.
- An event is the representation of some asynchronous occurrence
(such as a mouse click on the presentation of the element, or the
removal of child node from an element, or any of unthinkably many
other possibilities) that gets associated with an event target.
- The object to which an event is targeted.
- The target node is the node representing the event target to which
an event is targeted
using the DOM event flow.
- 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 node is a well-formed XML node if it matches its
respective production in [XML 1.0], meets all well-formedness
constraints related to the production, if the entities which are
referenced within the node are also well-formed. See also the
definition for well-formed
XML documents in [XML 1.0].