Several bookmarks in my primary web browser link to sites that have,
for years, displayed the "under
construction" message and yellow-and-black
"men working" road sign symbol.
Ever the optimist, I keep the bookmarks alive and periodically visit
the sites, looking forward to the day when the stick figure in the
hard hat with the shovel leaves the scene, revealing a gleaming site
containing the information that I had hoped for years ago.
This image comes to mind because my "brain
browser" has maintained a bookmark to this book for
years—but that stick figure kept hammering, sawing, and digging
while the book remained forever "under
has been around since late 1995, and true Dynamic HTML concepts have
been within reach since 1998, the road has been a bumpy one for those
trying to use (and write about) the technologies.
in document object model (DOM) implementations in various browsers,
complicated by the evolution of the World Wide Web
Consortium's (W3C) DOM recommendation, have made
deployment of insightful client-side applications occasionally
treacherous. This is especially true if the application must run on a
broad range of browser brands and operating systems.
Now that the W3C DOM standard has fleshed itself out sufficiently,
and other DHTML-related standards (HTML, XHTML, and Cascading Style
Sheets) are largely working toward the same interoperable goals, it
is finally time to apply the current state of the art to typical
client-side scripting tasks. A cookbook approach lends itself nicely
to provide answers to the most common question lead-in from
programmers, designers, and content authors: "How do