Document Object Model (DOM) Level 3 Core Specification

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W3C Recommendation 07 April 2004

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Arnaud Le Hors, IBM
Philippe Le Hégaret, W3C
Lauren Wood, SoftQuad, Inc. (WG Chair emerita, for DOM Level 1 and 2)
Gavin Nicol, Inso EPS (for DOM Level 1)
Jonathan Robie, Texcel Research and Software AG (for DOM Level 1 and 2)
Mike Champion, Arbortext and Software AG (for DOM Level 1 and 2)
Steve Byrne, JavaSoft (for DOM Level 1 until November 19, 1997)

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 Core Level 3, 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 Core Level 3 builds on the Document Object Model Core Level 2 [DOM Level 2 Core].

This version enhances DOM Level 2 Core by completing the mapping between DOM and the XML Information Set [XML Information Set], including the support for XML Base [XML Base], adding the ability to attach user information to DOM Nodes or to bootstrap a DOM implementation, providing mechanisms to resolve namespace prefixes or to manipulate "ID" attributes, giving to type information, etc.

Status of this document

This section describes the status of this document at the time of its publication. Other documents may supersede this document. A list of current W3C publications and the latest revision of this technical report can be found in the W3C technical reports index at http://www.w3.org/TR/.

This document contains the Document Object Model Level 3 Core specification and is a W3C Recommendation. It has been produced as part of the W3C DOM Activity. The authors of this document are the DOM Working Group participants. For more information about DOM, readers can also refer to DOM FAQ and DOM Conformance Test Suites.

It is based on the feedback received during the Proposed Recommendation period. Changes since the Proposed Recommendation version and an implementation report are available. Please refer to the errata for this document, which may include some normative corrections.

Comments on this document should be sent to the public mailing list www-dom@w3.org (public archive).

This is a stable document and has been endorsed by the W3C Membership and the participants of the DOM working group. The English version of this specification is the only normative version. See also translations.

Patent disclosures relevant to this specification may be found on the Working Group's patent disclosure page. This document has been produced under the 24 January 2002 CPP as amended by the W3C Patent Policy Transition Procedure. An individual who has actual knowledge of a patent which the individual believes contains Essential Claim(s) with respect to this specification should disclose the information in accordance with section 6 of the W3C Patent Policy.

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