Re: Extending CSSOM Views matchMedium with callback

Hi Simon,

So what you are suggesting is a kind of
document.addMediaRuleListener(mediaquery, listener) etc? I think that
should be quite easy to implement.


On Mon, May 10, 2010 at 2:27 PM, Simon Fraser <> wrote:
> On May 10, 2010, at 8:48 AM, L. David Baron wrote:
>> On Friday 2010-05-07 15:31 -0300, Luiz Agostini wrote:
>>> The consensus on the W3C Extending CSSOM Views matchMedium with
>>> callbacks [1] mailing list was that instead of adding individual DOM
>>> events for changes to media features, we should instead make it
>>> possible to get notified when a user defined media query has changed.
>>> The idea was making it possible to supply a JavaScript function to the
>>> styleMedia.matchMedium(...) function.
>>> As no exact IDL was proposed, I came up with one myself which I think fits the
>>> use-case, and implemented the feature for WebKit.
>>> The result of my work became the following IDL, for which I would like
>>> comments/feedback:
>>>    interface MediaChangeListener {
>>>        void mediaChanged(in boolean queryResult);
>>>    };
>>>    interface StyleMedia {
>>>        readonly attribute DOMString type;
>>>        boolean matchMedium(in DOMString mediaquery, in MediaChangeListener
>>> listener);
>>>    };
>> This seems reasonable to me, although I wonder if it's worth passing
>> a little more information to the listener, such as (a) the original
>> query or (b) the window.  Would that be useful to authors, or are
>> they comfortable stuffing whatever is necessary in a closure?
> This simple callback-based mechanism suffers from various problems (of the type
> that add/removeEventListener were designed to solve):
> 1. Unclear behavior when calling matchMedium() a second time for the same query,
> with a different callback.
> 2. No way to remove a callback
> 3. Lack of context on the callback
> I also think that forcing authors to call matchMedium() just in order to get callbacks
> when media queries change is not ideal.
> It feels to me like the correct solution would be enhance CSS OM somehow to allow
> authors to attach event listeners to CSSMediaRules somehow, so they can get notified
> when those @media statements start or stop matching.
> Simon

Kenneth Rohde Christiansen
Technical Lead / Senior Software Engineer
Qt Labs Americas, Nokia Technology Institute, INdT
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