Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 HTML Specification

Version 1.0

W3C Recommendation 09 January 2003

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Johnny Stenback, Netscape
Philippe Le Hégaret, W3C
Arnaud Le Hors, W3C and IBM (until November 2000)

Please refer to the errata for this document, which may include some normative corrections.

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This specification defines the Document Object Model Level 2 HTML, a platform- and language-neutral interface that allows programs and scripts to dynamically access and update the content and structure of [HTML 4.01] and [XHTML 1.0] documents. The Document Object Model Level 2 HTML builds on the Document Object Model Level 2 Core [DOM Level 2 Core] and is not backward compatible with DOM Level 1 HTML [DOM Level 1].

Status of this document

This section describes the status of this document at the time of its publication. Other documents may supersede this document. The latest status of this document series is maintained at the W3C.

This is the 09 January 2003 of "DOM Level 2 HTML". This document has been reviewed by W3C Members, software developers, and other W3C groups and interested parties, and has been endorsed by the Director as a W3C Recommendation. It is a stable document and may be used as reference material or cited as a normative reference from another document. W3C's role in making the Recommendation is to draw attention to the specification and to promote its widespread deployment. This document enhances the interoperability of the Web.

Patent disclosures relevant to this specification may be found on the Working Group's public patent disclosure page.

This document has been produced as part of the W3C DOM Activity. The authors of this document are the DOM Working Group participants.

The English version of this specification is the only normative version. Information about translations of this document is available at http://www.w3.org/2000/11/DOM-Level-2-translations.

The list of known errors in this document is available at http://www.w3.org/2000/11/DOM-Level-2-errata

Comments on this document are invited and are to be sent to the public mailing list www-dom@w3.org. An archive is available at http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-dom/.

An implementation report, based on the DOM Test Suite work, is available at http://www.w3.org/2002/11/DOM-Level-2-HTML-Results.

A list of current W3C Recommendations and other technical documents can be found at http://www.w3.org/TR.

Note:This specification renders the DOM Level 1 HTML Recommendation obsolete given that some changes from DOM Level 1 HTML are incompatible with that specification but represent more accurately the state of deployed software. W3C strongly suggests that developers and authors conform to DOM Level 2 HTML instead.

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