ian at hixie.ch
Sun Feb 5 14:56:29 PST 2006
On Sun, 5 Feb 2006, Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> > >
> > > Ian has already indicated that the specification of a method to
> > > collect DOM elements based on a CSS selector is best left to the CSS
> > > WG.
> I'd like to know why this is the case. Defining a DOM method seems like
> it would be out of scope for the CSS working group and seems to be in
> the scope of the WHATWG. Other than that, it could be left up the the
> DOM WG or possibly the Web API WG although it doesn't quite fit anything
> anything mentioned in their charter.
Probably doesn't matter which group does it since it'd end up being me
doing the work either way... At the time where I made that comment, the
CSSWG was planning on creating a CSSOM spec to replace the DOM2 CSS spec.
That plan still vaguely exists, though it isn't a high priority for the
I can certainly see myself speccing a getElementsBySelector() API as part
of Selectors 2. But either way, the spec for gEBS is simple; it returns
the same type as getElementsByTagName(), it is accessible from Document
and Element nodes and selects a subset of the descendants of that node, it
takes a single argument (a string representing a selector), its first
version doesn't support namespaces, and it raises an exception SYNTAX_ERR
if the string can't be successfully parsed by the UA.
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