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Re: getting rid of callers

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2010 05:46:57 +0000 (UTC)
To: Cameron McCormack <cam@mcc.id.au>
cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1010130545250.8618@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Wed, 13 Oct 2010, Cameron McCormack wrote:
> Various HTML*Collection interfaces and the HTMLFormElement interface
> define callers.  Callers seem unpopular with many people, so I am
> wondering how many can actually be safely removed from the spec.
> Here are some tests I ran to see where they’re implemented:
>   http://people.mozilla.com/~cmccormack/tests/callers.html
>   http://people.mozilla.com/~cmccormack/tests/callers-quirks.html
> The results are here:
>   http://people.mozilla.com/~cmccormack/tests/callers-results.html
> (I left out the HTMLPropertyCollection ones since nobody implements that
> yet.)
> So of all the callers, Firefox has been getting away with only
> implementing document.all("blah"), and only for quirks mode.
> For HTMLFormElement, it seems only IE implements them.  Are they really 
> necessary to have in the spec?

The real question is, is Microsoft willing to remove support for this 
feature? (in all modes, not just in some DOCTYPE-triggered ghetto)

If not, then the simplest way of getting interop would be for everyone to 
just implement these features. They're not that much of a burden, surely?

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