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Re: [selectors4] specificity of :matches as ancestor

From: Peter Moulder <peter.moulder@monash.edu>
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:49:41 +1000
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Cc: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
Message-id: <20130419014941.GA30943@bowman.infotech.monash.edu.au>
On Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 06:37:04PM -0700, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:

> Ultimately, it's *exactly* as bad as unfolding the :matches() out of
> the selector.  Yes, it's combinatorial in complexity.  But that's the
> whole point of :matches() - to hide that complexity in an
> easy-to-write form.

If :matches retained its previous fixed max-of-args specificity, then it
wouldn't be combinatorial in complexity.

The trade-off is that occasionally, an author would decide that the best way of
getting the right declarations to apply is to use the combinatorical expansion.

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