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Re: Proposal for limited :matches pseudoclass

From: James Elmore <James.Elmore@cox.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 11:03:24 -0800
Message-Id: <D3E9A131-4DC7-45B2-B321-1BDF8BF5794F@cox.net>
Cc: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
To: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>

On Jan 14, 2009, at 8:51 AM, fantasai wrote:

>> fantasai wrote:
>>> :matches would take a normal selector rather than a fragment that
>>> begins with a combinator (which seems very unbalanced to me, like
>>> passing a mathematical function an expression that began with the
>>> multiplication symbol). It would just be restricted to only allow
>>> the > and + combinators.

[Sorry about the nesting, my mail editor added it and I can't seem to  
delete it.]

Anyway -- using ":matches" seems unclear. The matching is against  
selectors, so it should be something like ":match_selector" or  
":selector_match". This would allow later addition of ":text_match"  
for (previously proposed) regex-like matches and possibly even other  
types of matches, if they are proposed. But simply using ":matches"  
would cause confusion at the beginning and limitations later for any  
'match' extensions in CSS.

Received on Wednesday, 14 January 2009 19:04:06 UTC

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