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Chapter 18. Designing Data Access Pages > Understanding Access's Dynamic HTML I...

Understanding Access's Dynamic HTML Implementation

Dynamic HTML doesn't currently have the status of an Internet standard, so DHTML implementations vary between browser suppliers. An Internet standard , in this book, is defined as a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Recommendation or an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Request for Comment (RFC). A W3C Recommendation or IEFT RFC is a euphemism for specification; the term specification doesn't appeal to Internet purists (called anarchists by some) who believe in a consensus-based Internet without the profit motive of commercial software publishers and content providers. W3C and IETF working groups, which create the W3C Recommendations, occupy the full time of many employees of Adobe, Apple, IBM, Macromedia, Microsoft, Netscape, and other major suppliers to the PC industry. Most of today's W3C standards represent consensus among W3C voting members—vendors plus a few governments and universities—not the Internet community as a whole.

Technologies Supporting DHTML and DAP

W3C stated in late 1998: "Dynamic HTML is still in its infancy and current implementations are experimental." In this case, experimental is a euphemism for proprietary. Following is a brief description of the two Internet standards and four Microsoft (proprietary) technologies that provide the foundation for Microsoft DHTML and its use by DAP:


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