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Re: Should Document.cloneNode() work in Level 1?

From: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>
Date: Wed, 09 Sep 1998 16:44:29 -0400
Message-ID: <35F6E8AD.BC091ADA@locke.ccil.org>
To: DOM List <www-dom@w3.org>
Stephen R. Savitzky wrote:

> My point is that the specification does not preclude such an
> interpretation.


> I think that in many implementations of the DOM there _will_ be
> implementation-specific information in a Node, and in that case cloneNode
> _should_ be expected to copy it.

I wouldn't expect it to do so, however.

> In some implementations this will not be the case.  In fact, it's not even
> the case for the public interfaces, since there are attributes of, say,
> HTMLDocument and HTMLElement that are not accessible from the result of
> createElement without type-casting.

I concede the case of HTMLDocument, as the attributes referrer, fileSize,
file*Date, domain, URL, and cookie are not present in Document.

However, I believe there are no IDL attributes of HTMLElement or its
subclasses that are not essentially convenience methods.

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