The group issued the Document Object Model (DOM) Level 3 XPath Specification, which is geared to fuse the DOM and XPath technologies, which are often inconsistent with each other.
DOM is the application programming interface (API) for how objects in a Web page -- text, images, headers -- are represented. The DOM defines what attributes are associated with each object, and how the objects can be manipulated. It makes it easier for Web developers to create Web pages that are more animated and functional. XPath, a language for addressing parts of an XML document, is becoming an important part of a variety of many specifications including XForms, XPointer, XSL and XML Query.
In simple terms, the W3C sees DOM and XPath as complementary and has embarked on a task to marry the two for an even greater level of functionality for Web documents. To that end, the mapping of how the two will work together has been issued as a candidate recommendation, which means it has one more step to go in the group's long, thorough recommendation process.
The Document Object Model (DOM) Level 3 XPath Specification is slated to be reviewed over the next two months by the W3C DOM Working Group, culminating on May 26. Vendors who work within the W3C DOM Working Group include Arbortext, Corel, IBM, Netscape, Oracle and X-Hive.