[whatwg] Scripting Tweaks

Dean Edwards dean at edwards.name
Sat May 19 16:27:40 PDT 2007

Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> On May 18, 2007, at 10:14 PM, liorean wrote:
>> On 19/05/07, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
>>> The "uniqueID" thing is really working around a deficiency in JS
>>> (inability to use objects as keys). I think that's where it should be
>>> addressed. The uniqueID idea has a number of rather unique 
>>> implementation
>>> difficulties. The obvious implementations have security and privacy
>>> implementations; the solutions to those tend to be expensive either 
>>> in RAM
>>> or CPU. I recommend bringing this to the attention of the ES4 group.
>> ES4 already has something of the kind. See
>> <uri:http://developer.mozilla.org/es4/proposals/hashcodes.html>
>> However, that is not usable in ES3 implementations, which uniqueID is.
> The hashcode() function is a library function and could be added to ES3 
> implementations - I'd be willing to support it for WebKit. It should be 
> noted though that it has the same security/privacy issues as uniqueID:

This is all relevant of course but the DOM API is language agnostic. 
This feature is too important to leave to scripting language 


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