[whatwg] Resource loading in browsing context-less Documents

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri Oct 5 13:56:15 PDT 2012

On Fri, 5 Oct 2012, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 7:42 PM, Rafael Weinstein <rafaelw at google.com> wrote:
> > Why is it useful to go to trouble of doing 
> > document.implementation.createHTMLDocument('foo').createElement('img') 
> > and have that fetch? The opposite seems true to me. It seems useful 
> > that there's a way to create elements which explicitly are inactive. 
> > It creates a safe playground to assemble DOM without worrying about 
> > intermediate states triggering externally visible effects.
> Yeah sure, I'm not opposed to that. But that seems like a somewhat 
> bigger change, no? E.g. then you would also change <a>.click() be a 
> no-op I suppose? Or <form>.submit(). Not just img.src has side effects.

The spec currently describes this as Rafael suggests (if the Document has 
a browsing context, networking works, otherwise it doesn't).

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