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Re: [webcomponents] Template element parser changes => Proposal for adding DocumentFragment.innerHTML

From: Rafael Weinstein <rafaelw@google.com>
Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 17:13:15 -0700
Message-ID: <CABMdHiT7=5xux9=F0LFRXHn6wMvEr_YoqVPZrr5bKOUmF3QXwg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: Webapps WG <public-webapps@w3.org>
On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 4:58 PM, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> wrote:
> On Thu, 10 May 2012, Rafael Weinstein wrote:
>> Also, I'm curious why it's ok to peak at the first few characters of the
>> string, and not ok to peak at the token stream until we see the first
>> start tag?
> Because it's predictable and easy to debug. When you're dealing with a
> weird effect caused by some accidental markup hundreds of lines down a
> string, it's really hard to work out what's going on. When the effect is
> caused by the very first thing in the string, it's much easier to notice
> it. (You see this kind problem sometimes on Web pages where text/plain
> files are sent as text/html, or text files are slightly augmented with
> HTML without properly escaping everything -- they render fine until they
> get to something that accidentally looks like markup, and the parser does
> its stuff, and you wonder why half of the 100-page document is bold.)

In the abstract, I actually agree with you, but this happens to be a
case when this is effectively never going to be a problem. Just have a
look at *any* templating langauge. Any time you see some kind of
conditional, or loop construct, look at it's contents and imagine that
that's what'll be passed to innerHTML here.

99.9% of the time it's going to either be all character tokens, or
whitespace followed by a start tag.

You're letting an non-existent problem kill a perfectly useful proposal.

I'm not a huge fan of everything jQuery does either, but regardless of
it's objective "goodness", it has already done the test by offering
this functionality. The kind of bug your describing hasn't been
observed at all. Someone with more jQuery-cred correct me if I'm

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