With all the talk about IE 7 coming out with a bunch of improvements, I have been wondering for a long, long time what improvements to the Document Object Model, if any, IE 7 is bringing out. Here is Microsoft’s page on IE 7 DOM changes.
I’m actually very disappointed in what I see there. There’s no documented support for:
- DOM 2 Traversal-Range
- DOM 2 Events
- DOM 2 Style
I’m sure there are many other things missing, but these three are so useful for Mozilla-oriented scripted content that not having it for IE really hurts. The above specifications became W3C Recommendations almost six years ago…
IE 7 is in RC 1 phase now, so I wouldn’t count on having these for IE 7 final. I hope someone on Microsoft’s IE team reads this and would be willing to start work on these features for IE 7.1 or IE 8. The World Wide Web needs stuff like this!
They are bringing improvements to XMLHttpRequest, which many web developers will appreciate.
For everyone else, please, no flames about IE. They know as well as we do just how hard it is to release a browser for the whole world. Some things were not going to make it.