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Re: [dom3core] getAttribute

From: Kasimier Buchcik <K.Buchcik@4commerce.de>
Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 16:41:53 +0100
To: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Cc: ML-www-dom <www-dom@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1133451713.1272.169.camel@librax>

Hi,

On Thu, 2005-12-01 at 16:03 +0100, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> On Thu, 01 Dec 2005 15:41:57 +0100, Kasimier Buchcik  
> <K.Buchcik@4commerce.de> wrote:
> > Additionally you may want to consider what code you may break which
> > does follow the current DOM API:
> > If we have (e.getAttribute('foo') != "") then this will evaluate to
> > true if:
> >  - there is an attribute node
> >  - its value is other than ""
> > The change in behaviour you request, would evaluate this to true if:
> >  - there is no such attribute node
> >  - there is such attribute node and its value is other than ""
> 
> We did consider that. Some internal scripts (testcases) have to be changed  
> and I believe some user scripts as well. Compared to what we gain with  
> breaking the specification in this regard that is not really significant  

Well, what you really create here is one more tiny puzzle to build the
basis for incompatibilities of DOM code in the future.

> though. Being the only browser not to break the specification for  
> getAttribute more was broken before than after the change (unfortunately).

That's an issue of personal priorities; being idealistic isn't easy.

Regards,

Kasimier
Received on Thursday, 1 December 2005 15:42:47 GMT

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