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Re: Subclassing DOM nodes

From: Kevin J <kevinjz@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 17:59:38 -0400 (EDT)
To: keshlam@us.ibm.com
Cc: www-dom@w3.org
Message-ID: <F311PpBpcXCXWtjik3800003336@hotmail.com>

>From: "Joseph Kesselman/Watson/IBM" <keshlam@us.ibm.com>
>Another possible approach,less elegant but more portable, would be a
>"lightweight subclassing" scheme. Here, you would annotate "standard" nodes
>rather than subclassing them -- eg, by providing one or more tables indexed
>by node identity which can be used to retrieve whatever additional
>information and/or code you want to associate with it.

So far I follow.

>The challenge here is that "node identity" is not necessarily the same as
>the address of the Node object (eg if your DOM is a proxy for some other
>data structure, you might have several objects proxying the same datum and
>thus representing "the same node), so it isn't clear what could be used as
>an index for those tables. DOM Level 3 is investigating this.

I don't understand what you write in parentheses.  Isn't a DOM node object 
in a tree unique?  If it is unique, then why would using its address not 
work as an index into the table?


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