[whatwg] documentFragment and innerHTML

Rafael Holt raf at ratherodd.com
Sat Feb 26 06:52:18 PST 2011

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 4:18 PM, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky at mit.edu> wrote:
> If you want to parse this string:
>  <form><tr><td>Some text</td></tr></form>
> then the DOM it produces depends on whether it's being parsed in the
> of a <table> parent element or not.  Try setting the innerHTML of a
> and a <div> to the above string, and examine the resulting DOM trees.
> That's what I meant when I said that to properly parse a string you need
> know the context it's being parsed in.

Thank you Boris, a very nice example.

On 25 February 2011 21:56, Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c at gmail.com> wrote:

> Isn't this exactly what insertAdjacentHTML() does?
> http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/multipage/apis-in-html-documents.html#insertadjacenthtml()

Yes, I had just never heard of insertAdjacentHTML(), since it doesn't enjoy
Webkit or Gecko support. Once it does though, I agree it's a nice addition.

As for createContextualFragment(), it bring unnecessary complexity to this,
having to mess about with ranges.

Thanks for pointing out insertAdjacentHTML() - I'll keep an eye on its
implementation progress.


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