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Chapter 27. Cross-Browser Dynamic HTML > What Is Cross-Browser Dynamic HTML?

What Is Cross-Browser Dynamic HTML?

In the last three chapters, you read about the technology offerings that Netscape and Microsoft have included in the latest versions of their Web browsers—in version 4 and higher of Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer—that come under the heading of Dynamic HTML. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, their two implementations of Dynamic HTML are largely incompatible. Even where the two browsers (and each of the platform versions of each browser) support similar capabilities, these capabilities are usually implemented in different ways. Navigating your way through the confusing thicket of Cascading Style Sheets, Document Object Models, Dynamic Fonts, and other standards and not-so-standards used in the two flavors of Dynamic HTML is a forbidding task.

The Goals of Cross-Browser Dynamic HTML

Fortunately, there is another way. Since version 4 of Navigator and Internet Explorer were first introduced, any number of developers and development companies have been addressing the issue of writing Dynamic HTML code that is compatible on as many browsers as possible. The goals of this "Cross-Browser Dynamic HTML" are as follows:


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