How about this:
First think of the fact that DOM stands for Document Object Model, that
is, modelling of the document as an object that is made up of a
collection of objects. Maybe the advantage of considering the document
as an object lies in the ability to specify certain interfaces and
behaviors from it, For example, if you know that a document must be made
up of certain objects, then you can easily interrogate the document to
determine whether if is what you expect. So at the document level, the
DOM provides interfaces to allow you to access contents and attributes
of the document.
The document is made up of a collection of objects, each of which has an
object model defined by the DOM. Fundamentally, each of these objects
may be called an element and it may have content, attributes, and an
The event model allows elements (which might be called nodes) to
communicate with other elements, the containing document, and the
browser which is rendering the document.
I guess in short, the DOM makes the document 'live' in the sense that
the interactor or another agent of some kind can access the content and
the content is updated immediately.
If you have been using Netscape, then you have been exposed to early
document really wasn't live.
Thanks for working on the Glossary.
Alternative Interface Devices.
Improve Accessibility and Utility of the WWW...
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