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Chapter Fifteen. Working with DOM-Based ... > A Standard Way to Make Web Pages Beh...

A Standard Way to Make Web Pages Behave Like Applications

Although such usage exceeds the scope of this book, the most exciting aspect of DOM-driven interactivity is that it can mimic the behavior of conventional software. For instance, the visitor can change the sort order of tabular data by clicking on the header, just as she might do in an Excel spreadsheet or in the Macintosh Finder (the application that lets Macintosh users sort, copy, move, rename, delete, or in other ways process various files and folders on their desktops) [15.1, 15.2, 15.3].

15.1. The DOM enables web pages to behave like desktop applications. In this demo by Porter Glendinning, data is sorted by album title when the user clicks the Album header (http://glendinning.org/webbuilder/sortTable/).



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