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Re: [Selectors API 2] Is matchesSelector stable enough to unprefix in implementations?

From: Sean Hogan <shogun70@westnet.com.au>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2011 11:07:30 +1100
Message-ID: <4ECEDC42.8090903@westnet.com.au>
To: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
CC: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>, public-webapps@w3.org
On 24/11/11 7:46 PM, Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> On 2011-11-23 23:38, Sean Hogan wrote:
>> Are there any issues with:
>> - If you want to use selectors with explicit :scope then you use
>> querySelector / querySelectorAll / matchesSelector.
>> - If you want to use selectors with :scope implied at the start of each
>> selector in the selector list (as most js libs currently do) then you
>> use find / findAll / matches.
> The matches method will not change behaviour depending on whether or 
> not there is an explicit :scope because it is always evaluated in the 
> context of the entire tree.  There is never an implied :scope inserted 
> into the selector, so there will not be two alternative matches methods.

A matching method that doesn't imply :scope should be called 

If and when there is a need for a matching method that does imply :scope 
(which I provided a use-case for in 
then it could be called matches().

I should be able to define querySelectorAll() in terms of 
and findAll() in terms of matches().


function querySelectorAll(selector) {
     var refNode = this;
     return [].filter.call(refNode.getElementsByTagName("*"),
         function(elt) { return elt.matchesSelector(selector, refNode); });

function findAll(selector) {
     var refNode = this, list = [];
     for (var node=refNode; node; node=node.nextSibling) {
         if (node.nodeType != 1) continue;
         if (node != refNode && node.matches(selector, refNode)) 
         [].push.apply(list, [].filter.call(node.getElementsByTagName("*"),
             function(elt) { return elt.matches(selector, refNode); });
     return list;
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