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Re: new "getElement..." method suggestion

From: Dylan Schiemann <dylans@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 12:06:00 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <20020927190600.63275.qmail@web13509.mail.yahoo.com>
To: "'www-dom@w3.org'" <www-dom@w3.org>

--- Robert Cavicchio <rcavicchio@akonix.com> wrote:
> I'm new to this list, so I apologize if this has
> been discussed before.  I
> did a search of the archives and did not find
> anything about it.
> It appears that there are currently two generic
> methods for retrieving
> elements according to their identifiers,
> "getElementById" and
> "getElementsByTagName".  One addition that would be
> very useful in HTML
> files is "getElementsByClassName".
> I sometimes use classes to filter elements for
> processing by a script, and
> the current methods for finding such elements are
> inefficient.  If elements
> with different tag names might have a particular
> class, one must enumerate
> every element and check the "className" on each. 
> This is further encumbered
> by the fact that any particular element might have
> multiple classes, so the
> value obtained by "className" must be parsed to see
> if it contains the
> specific class being searched for.  A
> "getElementsByClassName" method would
> make such script code cleaner, and user agents could
> hopefully return this
> information much faster.
> ********************
> Rob Cavicchio
> Akonix Systems, Inc.
> rcavicchio@akonix.com

This was previously suggested and rejected in DOM
Level 3.  I think it is a good idea, but it also makes
sense to not have it since it is very easy to
accomplish with xpath.

At http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wdf-dom/message/2308
, Jiri Znamenacek shows how to accomplish this with
xpath or current DOM implementations without too much

//*[contains(@class, '_class_name_')]

var all = document.getElementsByTagName('*');
var allClass = new Array();
var re = /_class_name_/;
for (var i=0; i<all.length; i++)
if (all[i].getAttribute('_class_name_').search(re) !=
allClass[allClass.length] = all[i];

-Dylan Schiemann

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