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Re: [Element Traversal LC] access to element by index

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 14:54:44 -0500
Message-ID: <47ED4D04.1030301@mit.edu>
To: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
CC: "Web APIs WG (public)" <public-webapi@w3.org>, Daniel Glazman <daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com>

Doug Schepers wrote:
> After some discussion in the same thread, I then put the direct question 
> to the list as to whether or not to include a nodeList [2], and the only 
> reply I got was from Maciej, in support of removing it. [3]

Ah, I think I missed the question.  :(

> This was last April, and the spec has not changed appreciably since 
> then, so I assumed the issue was closed, and that you appreciated the 
> design goal.

I think I just sort of gave up on the point, since the design goals here 
(simplicity in UAs that implement NodeList and simplicity in UAs that do 
not) seemed fundamentally incompatible and since I had no proposal to 
resolve said incompatibility.

I suspect Gecko is likely to implement this with a "hidden" nodelist 
anyway, and just have extra code to convert the accesses to this API 
into access to this nodelist....  But I haven't thought much about the 
various ways that we could reduce the complexity of having yet another 
way to do the same thing, to be honest.

All of which is to say that I understand why you made the decision you 
did, if I assume your priorities.  It just makes me a little sad that 
there were no better options at this point, and that the net effect is 
significantly more work in perpetuity for UAs that support more of the 

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