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RE: DOM-2 HTML Module Property Types - Treatment of CDATA vs NUMBERDTD Types

From: Glenn A. Adams <glenn@xfsi.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 13:46:52 -0400
Message-ID: <7249D02C4D2DFD4D80F2E040E8CAF37C01F504@longxuyen.xfsi.com>
To: "Philippe Le Hegaret" <plh@w3.org>
Cc: "WWW DOM" <www-dom@w3.org>


In this case, I would suggest documenting the following inconsistencies which this produces (so implementers won't second guess the spec):

1. that the use of integral type values in these cases is inconsistent with the mapping prescribed by 1.6.1;

2. that the use of integral type values in the case of height, hspace, width, and vspace is inconsistent between HTMLImageElement (on the one hand) and HTMLAppletElement and HTMLObjectElement (on the other hand).

Regards,
Glenn

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Philippe Le Hegaret [mailto:plh@w3.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2002 1:32 PM
> To: Glenn A. Adams
> Cc: WWW DOM
> Subject: Re: DOM-2 HTML Module Property Types - Treatment of CDATA vs
> NUMBERDTD Types
> 
> On Fri, 2002-09-20 at 20:49, Glenn A. Adams wrote:
> >
> >
> > I just noticed that the DOM-2 HTML Spec of June 5, in Section 1.6.1,
> > indicates that the DOM type which corresponds to CDATA is DOMString
> > and the type which corresponds to NUMBER is long int.
> >
> > This results in an inconsistency based on certain proposed changes
> > from DOM-1 to DOM-2. In particular, the following properties have been
> > assigned in integral type, yet are specified in the HTML/XHTML DTDs as
> > CDATA:
> >
> > HTMLInputElement	- size
> > HTMLImageElement	- border, height, hspace, width, vspace
> >
> > I believe these should be reverted to the use of DOMString as
> > specified in DOM-1, and that implementations (IE, Mozilla) be brought
> > into conformance with this definition.
> 
> I disagree. DOM Level 1 HTML failed to fulfil its contracts of not
> breaking the backward compatiblity with DOM Level 0. This comment was
> brought to our attention in at the end of 2000 and we already made the
> commitment to fix that. I don't think it's wise to revert the decision.
> width and height are numbers in DOM0, therefore we cannot change them
> back to numbers unless we expose them in a different way. It is clearly
> stated that DOM Level 2 HTML is _not_ backward compatible with DOM Level
> 1 HTML.
> 
> Philippe
> 
Received on Tuesday, 24 September 2002 13:42:19 GMT

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