Microsoft Submits HTML Object Model Proposal to W3C

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 18, 1996 —
Microsoft Corp. today announced the submission of an HTML object model specification to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The specification is a significant enhancement to the existing object model supported by Netscape Communications Corp. and Microsoft. The proposed object model enables the creation of dynamic, interactive pages by allowing a programmer to do the following:

  • Access all HTML elements in a document

  • Manipulate document content without reloading the page

  • Respond instantly to end-user action through events

An HTML object model exposes the HTML page as a set of programmable objects.
“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.”
The proposal is based on a cross-platform, open language approach, which will enable content developers to create content that will run seamlessly in all browsers.

In addition to the submission, Microsoft is also reviewing the object model proposal with more than 75 software vendors at a design preview today in Redmond. The vendors represent a core membership of the software community and include development tool vendors, Web technology vendors and Web content providers.

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