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Re: [css3-images] Remove all references to out-of-document elements and CSSElementMap?

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 01:50:00 +1300
Message-ID: <CAOp6jLY4NibyC-nAzwOQPJbqGVsvE7OVwwxPDn2XsL-p_g08Gg@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Cc: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>wrote:

> 1. Some people don't like having id selectors refer to out-of-document
> elements, as it's inconsistent with how the same selector would work
> in other contexts.
>

In the original proposal this wasn't a problem since it wasn't an ID
selector per se, just a name that could be resolved using the dedicated
element map or falling back to the id map.

My proposal is to drop all references to this ability for now, and
> resolve these issues either in Images 4 or another spec like CSSOM.
> I'd remove all references to out-of-document elements from the spec.
> This still leaves in useful abilities, like the ability to use a
> non-rendered element; it would just require putting the element into
> the document and giving it display:none.
>

Actually this does remove some power: now you can only render elements in
the same document. Previously you could render elements in other documents,
which has some use-cases, e.g. rendering the contents of IFRAMEs without
clipping to the IFRAME element to make live thumbnails of Web pages.
(Perhaps more useful in browser extensions than on the public Web.)

Rob
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