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[Bug 7842] New: No programmatic way to make an HTML document - consider adding createHTMLDocument

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Date: Thu, 08 Oct 2009 13:32:34 +0000
To: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-7842-2486@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>

           Summary: No programmatic way to make an HTML document - consider
                    adding createHTMLDocument
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec bugs
        AssignedTo: dave.null@w3.org
        ReportedBy: mjs@apple.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: ian@hixie.ch, mike@w3.org, public-html@w3.org

With the combination of HTML5, and DOM APIs, there is a programmatic way to
make a brand new empty XML document (DOMImplementation.createDocument), but no
way to make an HTML document other than by action of the parser. This seems
like an unfortunate gap.

Possible solution: 
It turns out that an old draft of DOM2 HTML included an HTMLDOMImplementation
interface with a createHTMLDocument() method - intended to be implemented on
the DOMImplementation object. WebKit and Presto implement it. Without this
method, there is no programmatic way to make an HTML document; you have to use
the parser. Since HTML5 takes over where DOM2HTML left off, I think it would be
a good idea to add this method back.

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