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[Bug 12948] New: New feature request: GROUP tag What I'd like to achieve in HTML is to easily access a group of elements via Javascript using a single parent element (GROUP). The GROUP element would not under any circumstance affect the layout of the page, and would not b

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Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 22:56:11 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=12948

           Summary: New feature request: GROUP tag What I'd like to
                    achieve in HTML is to easily access a group of
                    elements via Javascript using a single parent element
                    (GROUP). The GROUP element would not under any
                    circumstance affect the layout of the page, and would
                    not b
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
               URL: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#top
        OS/Version: other
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: contributor@whatwg.org
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


Specification: http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html
Section: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#top

Comment:
New feature request: GROUP tag

What I'd like to achieve in HTML is to easily access a group of elements via
Javascript using a single parent element (GROUP). The GROUP element would not
under any circumstance affect the layout of the page, and would not be able to
have style or CSS applied to it.

Why? For use in Widgets produced by a server side CMS the contents of the
Widgets could then be updated asynchronously, I'm sure there are other
applications.

Why not use a DIV? A DIV in it's normal form is a block level element that
affects the layout of the page, so we need to set "display:inline" to achieve
the desired result if it is the parent of other inline elements, and hope that
it doesn't get selected by any CSS selectors and have it's style influenced.

Thanks for any consideration this request may receive.

Andreas Baitis, abaitis@gmail.com

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