[whatwg] Specification of window.find()
ian at hixie.ch
Wed Feb 15 11:26:21 PST 2012
On Wed, 20 Jul 2011, Tim Down wrote:
> On 6 January 2011 21:53, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> > On Wed, 27 Oct 2010, benjamin.poulain at nokia.com wrote:
> >> I would like to suggest a change for the main HTML 5 specification:
> >> http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/
> >> The problem I have is with the Window object specification
> >> (http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#the-window-object ).
> >> It does not mention the method find() which can be found on most engines
> >> (e.g.: https://developer.mozilla.org/en/DOM/window.find ).
> > It looks like IE doesn't implement this, so it's probably not strictly
> > required for compat with the Web.
> > What are the use cases for this feature?
> It's useful for custom search features. I've recommended it a few
> times on Stack Overflow for people wanting to highlight or somehow
> style all occurrences of a piece of text that may span nodes (it's
> this part that is the compelling feature). You can achieve the same
> using TextRange in IE. For example:
> I think this is a valid use case. On a related note, I would like to
> see equivalents of some of the text-based methods in IE's TextRange
> make their way into Range, but that's a separate issue.
So really it's not for use as a UI feature, but as a way to get Range
objects for modifying the DOM. Interesting.
On Wed, 20 Jul 2011, Aryeh Gregor wrote:
> However, the implementation here doesn't do what you'd want: it selects
> the text, destroying any existing selection. You can work around it by
> preserving and then restoring the selection somehow, but it's not ideal
> at all. It would make much more sense to have a function that returned
> a Range or list of Ranges.
So I guess we have to make a decision for the platform here.
Do we want:
- To spec window.find() in all its historical glory, and have it
- To spec a subset of window.find() that just does the use case described
above, namely to destructively change the selection to a matching part
of the DOM so that it can be manipulated by script?
- To spec a new API that just returns matching ranges and then allows
those ranges to be manipulated like the selection can be today?
- To encourage authors to write a library that does this for them, and
not bother to provide a dedicated API at all?
Which would implementations that don't do the full window.find() today be
willing to do?
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