Transition from Legacy to Native rendering - (was Re: [whatwg] repetition model)

Hallvord Reiar Michaelsen Steen hallvors at
Wed Jun 16 07:40:47 PDT 2004

[Following up a backchannel correspondence, which I think should go 
to the list too. I hope you don't mind, Jim.]

On 16 Jun 2004, Jim Ley wrote:

> On Mon, 14 Jun 2004 17:37:34 +0200, Hallvord Reiar Michaelsen Steen
> <hallvors at> wrote:
> > On 14 Jun 2004 at 0:58, Jim Ley wrote:
> > if(! (document.implementation && document.implementation.hasFeature
> > && document.implementation.hasFeature('WebForms', '2.0') ) ){
> >    // create SCRIPT element or write SCRIPT tag linking in the WF2
> >    // JavaScript libraries here
> > }

> I don't like it so much, you're associating
> lack of DOM support with lack of WebForms support, I don't think we
> can do that unless Web Forms 2.0 requires DOM support.

AFAIK there is no other way to call hasFeature. You must test if 
document.implementation exists to avoid errors in older UAs.
So, any points of view from others on the list?

1) How likely is it that a UA that supports WebForms 2 but not DOM 
will emerge?
2) To what extent will the JS equivalent of WebForms 2 rely on DOM so 
that it should not be loaded into such a UA anyway? A script 
alternative to the <repeat> functionality will obviously require good 
DOM-support, most of the pure validation stuff not.
3) Is it possible or desirable that any UA that implements WebForms 2 
and JavaScript MUST support document.implementation.hasFeature in 
order to make scripts aware that they are compliant with the 
specification? I guess that is a question for Ian..

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