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Re: Against 'start' and 'value' attributes

From: Toby A Inkster <tobyink@goddamn.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003 18:42:17 +0000
To: Daniel Glazman <glazman@netscape.com>
Cc: "www-html@w3.org" <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20030312184217.GC5620@ophelia.goddamn.co.uk>
On Wed, Mar 12, 2003 at 10:45:21AM +0100, Daniel Glazman wrote:
| 1. it is possible to traverse a document's tree using the DOM without
|    having to traverse all attributes. That's the point of parentNode,
|    firstChild, lastChild, nextSibling and previousSibling.
| 2. the DOM is not attribute-oriented. To look for all elements carrying
|    a given attribute, you have to traverse the elements' tree and then
|    check for attribute presence for every element.


| 4. unless you work in a source environment, and unless you can use a
|    style language having attribute selectors, attributes are not meant
|    to be presented to the reader and have no influence on the rendering.

Try explaining to a Lynx user that the "alt" attribute of the <img/> 
element is not meant to be presented to them and has no influence on its 

Try explaining to the user of a graphical browser that the "height" and 
"width" attributes of the <img/> element have no influence on its 

| </Daniel>

You missed your opening <Daniel> tag.

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