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Re: ID selector via attribute?

From: Stuart Ballard <sballard@netreach.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 15:11:15 -0400
Message-ID: <3EAD7CD3.90308@netreach.com>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
CC: Michael Day <mikeday@yeslogic.com>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>

Ian Hickson wrote:
> Maybe the proposal should be changed to imply the # at the start instead
> of at the end (so :matches() without # becomes equivalent to :has()).

Wouldn't that make :has() completely redundant? As in, we only need to 
introduce the one piece of new syntax instead of two? Is there anything 
you could put in the parentheses of :has() that would not be identical 
in this version of :matches()?

I always thought the name "has" was awkward to describe it's proposed 
purpose, and "matches" seems much better to me.

(I'd also propose that syntax like :matches(+ foo) NOT be allowed - so 
that whatever is in the parentheses must be a self-contained selector, 
like :matches(# + foo). The behavior of :matches without a # would be 
equivalent to adding "#" AND a 'descendent selector' (the space in "a b 
{foo}"), not just a "#", at the beginning.)


Stuart Ballard, Programmer
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