[whatwg] defer on style, depends
bzbarsky at MIT.EDU
Mon Feb 9 08:23:45 PST 2009
Ian Hickson wrote:
> I'm not convinced either of these are really great solutions. I think it'd
> be better just to have the script itself only block when it hits
> CSS-dependent APIs (though I recognise that that is a much harder problem
> in most rendering engines today).
I'm not sure how you envision this working. The run-to-completion
semantics mean that while the script is working on the API call to
return (which means that network events are being processed, etc), the
following invariants need to be maintained (list very much not exhaustive):
1) No setTimeout timers fire.
2) No XMLHttpRequest state changes happen.
3) No image load events fire.
4) No stylesheet load events fire (for UAs that implement such an
event on their <link> elements, as Gecko would like to do).
5) No user interaction with the page or other pages that can reach the
given page is allowed.
#5 makes it unlikely that a UA would want to go this route at all. #4
means that this approach would be incompatible with reasonable style
load events... #1, #2, #3 all mean that networking needs to
differentiate between the set of stylesheets we're waiting on and
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