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Re: Improving DOM Traversal and DOM XPath

From: Ojan Vafai <ojan@chromium.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:22:54 -0700
Message-ID: <BANLkTim+Fvs+8forca=s=KkMwuGmX-4WvA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Cc: Webapps WG <public-webapps@w3.org>
On Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM, Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc> wrote:

> First off is document.createTreeWalker and
> document.createNodeIterator. They have the same signature which
> currently is:
> document.createX(root, whatToShow, filter, entityReferenceExpansion);
> Given that entity references are being removed, we should simply
> remove the last argument. Note that this is a backwards compatible
> change since additional arguments to any DOM function are just ignored
> in all browsers I think. Additionally, I see no reason to keep the
> 'filter' argument required as it's quite common to leave out.

FWIW, WebKit already has filter and entityReferenceExpansion as optional. I
expect there would be no opposition to making whatToShow optional as well.

We could even make the whatToShow argument optinal and default it to
> SHOW_ALL. Originally I was going to propose that we default it to
> SHOW_ELEMENTS as I had thought that that would be a common value,
> however it appears that SHOW_TEXT is as, if not more, commonly used.
> The downside to defaulting to SHOW_ALL is that people might use the
> default and then do filtering manually, which is slower than having
> the iterator/treewalker do the filtering.

I agree with everything here. I think SHOW_ALL is the default people would

> I'd like to give some DOM XPath a similar treatment. The following
> three functions could be simplified:
> XPathEvaluator.createExpression(expression, resolver);
> Here I think we can make the 'resolver' argument optional as
> namespaces are commonly not used on the web.
> XPathEvaluator.evaluate(expression, contextNode, resolver, type, result);
> We can make 'resolver', 'type' and 'result' optional. 'type' would
> default to ANY_TYPE(0) and the other two to null.
> XPathExpression.evaluate(contextNode, type, result);
> Here all but the first could be optional. The defaults would be the
> same as for XPathEvaluator.evaluate.

These are already all optional in WebKit. We could also make contextNode
optional by defaulting it to the document, no?

> I'd like to make these changes to firefox, but first I wanted to hear
> what people here think.

I support this. As it is, I believe the verbosity of these methods hurts
their adoption.

> I know we don't have editors for the relevant
> specs, but I think we can make an informal decision that these changes
> sound good if people think they are.
> / Jonas
Received on Monday, 25 April 2011 21:23:38 UTC

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