Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Specification

Version 1.0

W3C Working Draft 19 July, 1999

This version: http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/WD-DOM-Level-2-19990719
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Latest version: http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-DOM-Level-2
Previous versions: http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/WD-DOM-Level-2-19990304
WG Chair: Lauren Wood, SoftQuad Software Inc.
Editors: Vidur Apparao, Netscape Communications Corporation
Mike Champion, Arbortext and Software AG
Joe Kesselman, IBM
Arnaud Le Hors, W3C
Philippe Le Hégaret, W3C
Tom Pixley, Netscape Communications Corporation
Jonathan Robie, Texcel Research and Software AG
Peter Sharpe, SoftQuad Software Inc.
Chris Wilson, Microsoft
Lauren Wood, SoftQuad Software Inc.

Status of this document

This document is an early release of the Document Object Model Level 2. It is guaranteed to change; anyone implementing it should realize that we will not allow ourselves to be restricted by experimental implementations of Level 2 when deciding whether to change the specifications.

This is a W3C Working Draft for review by W3C members and other interested parties. It is a draft document and may be updated, replaced or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to use W3C Working Drafts as reference material or to cite them as other than "work in progress". This is work in progress and does not imply endorsement by, or the consensus of, either W3C or members of the DOM working group.

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.

This document is for public review. Comments on this document should be sent to the public mailing list www-dom@w3.org.


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.

This release of the Document Object Model Level 2 has all of the interfaces that the final version is expected to have. It contains interfaces for creating a document, importing a node from one document to another, supporting XML namespaces, associating stylesheets with a document, the Cascading Style Sheets object model, the Range object model, filters and iterators, and the Events object model. The DOM WG wants to get feedback on these, and especially on the two options presented for XML namespaces, so that final decisions can be made for the DOM Level 2 specification.

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