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Chapter 1. The State of the Art > The Standards Alphabet Soup

1.1. The Standards Alphabet Soup

There is no such thing as a single Dynamic HTML standard. DHTML is an amalgam of specifications that stem from multiple standards efforts and proprietary technologies that are built into the two most popular DHTML-capable browsers, Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer, beginning with Version 4 of each browser.

Efforts by various standards bodies and working groups within those bodies are as fluid and fast moving as any Internet-related technology. As a savvy web content author these days, you must know the acronyms of all relevant standards (HTML, CSS, CSS-P, DOM, and ECMA for starters). You also have to keep track of the current release of each standard, in addition to the release that is incorporated into each version of each browser that you are developing for. Unfortunately for the authoring community, it is not practical for the various standards bodies and the browser makers to operate in complete synchronicity with each other. Market pressures force browser makers to release new versions independent of the schedules of the standards bodies.


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