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Re: [CSSOM] getClientRects should work on collapsed ranges in elements

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Sat, 1 May 2010 14:45:37 +1200
Message-ID: <h2w11e306601004301945paf011f9arbcb3d4ee2757b4e9@mail.gmail.com>
To: Ojan Vafai <ojan@chromium.org>
Cc: www-style@w3.org, Daniel Danilatos <danilatos@google.com>, Julie Parent <jparent@chromium.org>, Tony Chang <tony@chromium.org>, "TAMURA, Kent" <tkent@chromium.org>, Roland Steiner <rolandsteiner@google.com>
On Sat, May 1, 2010 at 6:14 AM, Ojan Vafai <ojan@chromium.org> wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 8:13 PM, Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>wrote:
>> On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 1:48 PM, Ojan Vafai <ojan@chromium.org> wrote:
>>> Given the following DOM and default CSS styling:
>>> <div><span></span><textnode>foo</textnode></div>
>>> I think it makes sense that getClientRects would return the same result
>>> for the following ranges as they all correspond to the same visible position
>>> (e.g. when a text input caret is there):
>>> 1. startNode: div, startOffset: 0
>>> 2. startNode: span, startOffset: 0
>>> 3. startNode: textnode, startOffset: 0
>>> With the current spec 1 and 2 return the empty list and 3 returns a
>>> zero-width rect. They should all return a zero-width rect with the same
>>> values, which matches IE (in the cases where IE TextRanges can represent the
>>> same Range).
>>> The only use-case I can think of for getClientRects is to get the
>>> position of the Selection for putting up context-specific menus. This makes
>>> the API hard to use if code needs to first ensure that the endpoints are in
>>> textnodes (e.g. in the empty span case, the code would need to first insert
>>> a text node).
>> To me, this sounds quite hard to specify in a principled way. Have you got
>> proposed spec text? If the spec text ends up complicated and somewhat
>> arbitrary, then I think the complexity belongs in author scripts, since
>> different authors might want to do it different ways.
> Would it not be sufficient, in the case of a collapsed range to just act as
> if there is a textnode there?

You mean an empty textnode?

In some cases, such as inside tables, an empty textnode will not lead to the
construction of a CSS box, so you'll still get an empty list. Would that be

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