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XML.com: On Display: XML Web Pages with Mozilla

Mar 31, 2000, 18:20 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Direct display of XML in a web browser is finally becoming a reality. This article is the first of a series in which we will examine XML support in the Mozilla, Opera, and Internet Explorer browsers"

"Although Cascading Style Sheets Level 2 provides a solid set of tools for presenting XML documents in web browsers, web developers have been waiting a very long time for an implementation that lets them really use their CSS skills with XML. Internet Explorer 5.0 took some credible first steps toward XML+CSS (see Tim Bray's review of Windows IE5 for details), but the latest work from Mozilla goes beyond first steps to a usable set of tools. The solid XML+CSS core and the underlying DOM support suggests that Mozilla will be a useful platform for building applications, not just web pages. Add to that a dash of XLink support, and it looks like Mozilla may be leading the pack."

"Mozilla's emphasis on standards-orientation makes its implementation of XML a real pleasure to work with. Developers used to working with CSS in an HTML context have a bit of extra learning to do, as a CSS property called display is critical to presenting XML documents. This property doesn't generally receive much use in HTML. Fortunately, finding information on display isn't difficult. For the most part, I've relied on the W3C specs as documentation for writing this article, a real change from my usual practice of combing through vendor documentation and creating test cases to see if they're accurate. (In particular, I used the CSS2 Recommendation.)"

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