[whatwg] textContent and bidi

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Mon Nov 27 12:17:04 PST 2006

On Sun, 26 Nov 2006, fantasai wrote:
> Ran across this comment:
> http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#features
>   # Should textContent be defined differently for dir="" and <bdo>?
> What would it mean to define textContent differently for dir="" and <bdo>?

The question is really whether we want an attribute that, when it 
serialises the DOM, serialises things like <img alt=""> to the element's 
alt text, serialises things like dir="" to embed the requisite bidi 
formatting characters, etc. (Obviously we can't redefine textContent 
itself, and innerText is subtly different as well.)

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