[September 18]-- Microsoft announced today it has submitted an HTML object
model specification to
the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
The proposed specification, which Microsoft says is an improved version of
the existing object model it
supports with Netscape Communications Corp., reportedly allows programmers
to access all HTML
elements in a document, to alter document content without reloading the
page, and to respond
immediately to end-user action through events.
Microsoft reports its proposal is based on a cross-platform, open language
developers to create content that runs seamlessly in all browsers.
"A rich client-side object model is critical in order for Web pages to
become more dynamic and
interactive," said Bob Muglia, vice president, developer tools at Microsoft.
"By working openly with the W3C, Microsoft is promoting the adoption of a
standard in this area,
ensuring interoperability between browsers."
Microsoft says it is also meeting with over 75 development tool vendors,
Web technology vendors, and
Web content providers today in Redmond, Wash. to review the object model
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