While the Microsoft Corp NetPCs may have garnered most of the media attention at the recent SiteBuilder conference, Dynamic HTML stole the show for most of the participants. This, despite the fact that all it seemed to do in Paul Maritz’s keynote demonstration was to create a floating genie that didn’t understand voice commands and kept repeating I must have cotton in my ears. Codenamed Trident, Dynamic HTML manipulates Common Object Model objects within HTML, allowing Web pages to morph themselves on the fly – without having to contact the Web server. It can be used to manipulate HTML tags, style sheets, texts, or COM controls dynamically. In short, it makes Web pages look Java- enabled without using Java. Microsoft has submitted Dynamic to the World Wide Web Consortium and expects it to be adopted as part of the standard HTML. Microsoft calls it a central feature of its new Active Desktop. Dynamic HTML will first ship in Internet Explorer 4.0.
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