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Re: Named access to elements

From: Lauren Wood <lauren@sqwest.bc.ca>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 09:37:38 -0700
Message-Id: <199806301637.JAA24446@sqwest.bc.ca>
To: www-dom@w3.org
At 30/06/98 06:14 AM , Antoine Bertier wrote:
>Hello everybody,
>I am trying to understandand how the DOM provides named access to
>elements, at least HTML elements but why not to core elements too.

It's more difficult for Core elements, since something called "ID" may not
in fact be one, and something with another name may be an ID. So we have to
come up with a generalised method. We will be doing this after Level 1 is out.

>The IDL for  HTMLElement specifies an 'id' attribute, which I assumes
>has the same semantics as the HTML 4.0 ID attribute. For the IMG element
>specifies a 'name' attribute for compatibility reasons.

Yes, the id attribute is the ID attribute - HTML does not have

>I see the images() methods to get a NamedNodeList which I assumes allows
>to find an IMG element by its 'name' attribute or by its 'id'
>attribute... The same goes for applets, links, forms and anchors.


>However since all elements have an ID in HTML 4.0 I expect to be able to
>access any element by its document wide ID (DIV elements for instance).
>How do I do that ?

This is currently being discussed in the DOM WG and there will be a method
in the next public draft to access elements by their unique ID.

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