[whatwg] HTML 5 : Misconceptions Documented
ian at hixie.ch
Mon Nov 10 12:52:55 PST 2008
On Tue, 29 Jul 2008, Garrett Smith wrote:
> I took a brief look at the WF 2.0 document yesterday and found some
> serious misconceptions and examples of "programming by coincidence."
> These reflect very poorly on html5.
> The errors can be found on the link:
> Doc Bugs:
> 1) Treating a a form element as an HTMLCollection.
> 2) The use of - with - to augment the scope chain is not necessary.
> 3) Calling the "elements" HTMLCollection an "array"
> (1) The definition of HTMLFormElement does not have a specialized
> [[Get]] for element names (nor should there be, as this is known to be
> problematic). The example in the documetation depends on such behavior.
It actually does at this point.
> (2) - with - augments the scope chain with the object. This is
> completely unnecessary here and will create problems if, for example,
> there is an element named "watch". It is a bad practice and I see this
> influence in the popular libraries.
This is a non-issue in the HTML5 spec, it seems.
> (3) There is no specification for a special [[Get]] for the "elements"
> HTMLCollection as a shortcut to "namedItem", either (though this would
> not seem to be a problem, and all implementations have supported this
> behavior for quite a long time). I did notice that the elements
> collection is mistakenly called an 'array'. This is a serious
> documentation mistake of the worst kind: The spreading of
> misinformation. It will continue influence the muddy knowledge that is
> so common among most developers who tend want to call "push" et c
> directly on that NodeList object (see the "dojo.NodeList" for details).
> The elements Collection should be called an HTMLCollection and this
> should be changed immediately.
Is this all resolved in HTML5?
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