Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Have we won yet?

A blast from the past: Why DHTML Will Win, by Steve Champeon in the now-defunct New Architect magazine, June 2002. I especially like this bit here:

DHTML, you say? Tried that, hated it. It didn't work the way you had expected in [insert your favorite browser here], right? Well, it's time to take a second look. What you may think of as DHTML has advanced greatly since the early days of Web design. Back then, Microsoft and Netscape were in a pitched battle over which Document Object Model (DOM) would rule the Web: document.all or document.layers. But that has all changed. In the end, reason and the W3C have prevailed. Even Netscape, the company that created the element, has abandoned it in favor of the standard <div>. Developers no longer have to code for two different APIs.

So why the resistance to DHTML? Perhaps it's time for a new name.

It's been three years. Has DHTML won?


At 5:47 PM, Blogger Jeremy Dunck said...

AJ(AX)? ;)

At 9:28 PM, Blogger alan said...

document.getElementById and document.getElementsByTagName have been the keystones to my crossplatform happiness. RIP document.all and document.layers

And yes, I think DHTML wins, in the sense that it's carved out a nice useful supportable niche, rather than petering out into the obscurity of a few die-hard fans and an independent consortium overseer.

At 5:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not yet. It needs its own "orange book". Then it wins.

At 1:12 AM, Blogger Bashar Naffa' said...

100% it won,,
develeopers, users, need features more than standards !

At 1:30 PM, Blogger surfyogi said...

DHTML won long ago, but nobody noticed? AJAX has been around a long time; nobody noticed?

The web client is finally coming into it's own, and finally people are noticing there is a lot that can be done with it.

Java applets - Dead.
XML - Overly hyped, but useful sometimes.
XHTML - maybe, with symantic web someday.
Flash - no thanks.
FLEX - worth more of look but not really into proprietary middleware laters.

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