[whatwg] Removal of blocking script

Garrett Smith dhtmlkitchen at gmail.com
Mon Nov 15 20:23:56 PST 2010

On 11/15/10, Juriy Zaytsev <kangax.dev at gmail.com> wrote:
> When removing [1] a long-loading script element from a document, browsers
> seem to disagree on whether such removal should affect page rendering. A
> simple test —
> http://kangax.github.com/jstests/blocking_script_removal_test/—
> shows that Opera (9.x - 11) and IE (5.5 - 9) immediately continue
> parsing
> the document upon element removal. However, in Firefox (3-4) and Chrome (9)
> the document parsing is blocked until script is loaded or times out (even
> when the actual element no longer exists in the document, has its "src"
> reference an empty string, and there exist no references to it).
> Does current draft explain what should happen in such case, and if it does —
> what is it (I can't seem to find it)?

This seems to be the relevant part of the spec, and it does not
address your case:

Though there are a few questions there.

| When a script element that is not marked as being
| "parser-inserted" experiences one of the events listed
| in the following list,

I think what was meant was "... _any_ one of the following conditions
is met, ..."

|    * The script element gets inserted into a document.
|    * The script element is in a Document and its child nodes are changed.
For any script, including external?

|    * The script element is in a Document and has a src
| attribute set where previously the element had no such attribute.

For any script, including one with script content?

The existing discrepancy suggests that
> it's something worth codifying.

Regarding removal, I recall a version of Opera where removing the
script element of an external script that was not already started
would cause the script to not be evaluated. Nice feature, but not
interoperable and so totally impractical as far as web scripting goes.

> [1] Where "removing" is done through scripting (say, via Node's
> `removeChild` or analogous method).

innerHTML might be a good choice, to avoid memory leads in a few
browsers (ala Dojo's "garbage bin" technique).

Front end developers at Google prefer to first to set the script's src
to `null`:

Though what that accomplishes, I have no idea.


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