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Re: [selectors-api] SVG WG Review of Selectors API

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 14:59:12 +0100
To: "Giovanni Campagna" <scampa.giovanni@gmail.com>, public-webapps@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.uogzsyv264w2qv@annevk-t60.oslo.opera.com>

On Wed, 28 Jan 2009 14:32:05 +0100, Giovanni Campagna  
<scampa.giovanni@gmail.com> wrote:
> I asked that question a little ago. I was answered, and agreed, that
> CSS selectors are easier to understand, are already known by authors
> because of their use in CSS and most important they're highly
> optimized in UAs.

Ok. I note that in your original e-mail you did not explain why authors  
would go back to XPath if we did not give namespace support in the next  
version of the API. Do you expect that namespace usage which requires  
using namespaced selectors will increase significantly in the upcoming  
years justifying the added complexity? And if you do expect that, why?

Although namespace support was dropped in part because of technical  
issues, not having compelling use cases is something I think we should  
overcome first. Because if there are no compelling use cases, making the  
API more complex is not worth it.

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Wednesday, 28 January 2009 13:59:56 UTC

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