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Is appendChild/insertBefore() supposed to raise exceptions for attributes?

From: Frans Englich <frans.englich@telia.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 12:37:12 +0100
To: www-dom@w3.org
Message-Id: <200612221237.12805.frans.englich@telia.com>

Hi everyone,

Me and my co-developer were discussing how attributes are to be treated within 

For interface Attr, this paragraph can be found:

"Attr objects inherit the Node interface, but since they are not actually 
child nodes of the element they describe, the DOM does not consider them part 
of the document tree. Thus, the Node attributes parentNode, previousSibling, 
and nextSibling have a null value for Attr objects. "

So, now one can start thinking about what an implementation is supposed to do:

* "they are not actually child nodes of the element" but 
Node.appendChild(attr) is nevertheless supposed to work. However, it doesn't 
populate childNodes(), but instead adds the attribute to the imaginary 
Node.attributes() list.

* appendChild() always raise an exception when being passed an attribute 
because "they are not actually child nodes of the element". The only way to 
add an Attr node to an element is to use Element::setAttributeNode().

Which one to choose? Or perhaps a third alternative?

Clarifications, such as pointers to the spec, are appreciated. If there's any 
distinction on this topic between Level 2 and 3, it would be great if they 
are pointed out.

Thanks in advance,

Received on Friday, 22 December 2006 11:36:03 UTC

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