[whatwg] Web development

Jasper St. Pierre jstpierre at mecheye.net
Thu Oct 10 05:58:21 PDT 2013

On Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 7:12 AM, Mark Roberts <gbstar at msn.com> wrote:

> From: gbstar at msn.com
> To: whatwg at whatwg.org
> Subject: Web development
> Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:04:28 +0100
> Why is everything else around us developing so fast, but the web is so
> slow to adopt anything? It takes years just to add even the simplest
> improvements, or updates! I would like to see improvements to selectors.
> The way elements are selected on a page is hard work! Why can't a child
> select a parent in hover or any other target? HTML5 is a great advance, but
> in this case we still have to rely on jscript for most things!

It's been proposed multiple times, but I don't think people came up with
comfortable and understandable syntax.

I've always solved this problem by rethinking how my DOM is laid out,
though. What case do you have where an element changes on the state of its


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