[whatwg] [WHATWG] HTMLElement ids as global object properties

Alexandre Morgaut Alexandre.Morgaut at 4d.com
Sun Apr 3 09:53:37 PDT 2011

On 1 avr. 2011, at 14:50, Boris Zbarsky wrote:
>> Let's imagine the effects of existing HTMLElements with id like "location", "document", "event", "toolbar", or even "window"...
> The id lookup happens after all other property resolution in browsers
> (but NOT in the current spec text, note), so if you had <div
> id="location"> and accessed window.location you would get a Location
> object, not the <div>.

So you can not rely on being able to access an HTMLElement from its id this way...
(As any Javascript code could use a global variable with the same name/id)

>> One of the main best practices in JavaScript development is "Don't pollute the global namespace"
> Clearly agreed, given the bug report I filed about making this quirks-only.
> All you have to do is convince the Trident, Webkit, and Presto teams...
> on the other hand I would love to hear from the latter two what their
> thoughts are.

Is there any registered bug on Opera and Webkit about this topic ?
Or have we got to create one ?

> So far the only feedback I've gotten Microsoft saying
> they will likely run into web compat issues if they make the behavior
> quirks-only.
> -Boris

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