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3 Legged Stool

Posted on 07 January 2005 by Demian Turner

Simon Willison is the man when it comes to definitive statements. I’ve caught myself quoting his comment about the 3 legged stool (Zeldman) and the importance of DOM three times now – worth putting up here then 😉

Jeffrey Zeldman popularised the concept of the "three legged stool" approach to web design in his book, Designing with Web Standards. The three legged stool consists of XHTML for content and structure, CSS for presentation and JavaScript and the DOM for "behaviour". CSS and XHTML have had an excellent couple of years in 2003 and 2004, but what of JavaScript and the DOM?

Intriguing tool he mentions too, the ObjectGraph dictionary.


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