Manipulating the DOM with javascript – part 1 of 4

In one of my recent posts, I attempted to explain and explore the document object model (DOM) a little bit, in order to help you understand how it can be manipulated. In this series of posts, I will explain how to use javascript to work with the DOM. However, it is important to note that the functions we’ll be using inside of this tutorial are defined by the DOM, and can actually be used in some form or another in any programming language that supports XML. I know for a fact that these same functions are also available in PHP, VBScript and Java. I’m certain that they are available in a host of other languages, as well.

An introduction to the DOM

In the near future, I plan to write a rather in-depth tutorial explaining how to manipulate the DOM using javascript. Essentially, that tutorial will teach how to properly add and remove elements from your Web pages using javascript. If all goes well, that tutorial will be simple enough for beginners to understand, and will help add a lot of power to your javascript arsenal.

However, before I can get into that, we need to explore and understand the DOM.

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