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Re: :host pseudo-class

From: L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:56:51 -0700
To: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@annevk.nl>
Cc: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>, WebApps WG <public-webapps@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20150427035651.GA27171@pescadero.dbaron.org>
On Monday 2015-04-27 05:49 +0200, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 5:37 AM, L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org> wrote:
> > We haven't really used (in the sense of shipping across browsers)
> > pseudo-elements before for things that are both tree-like (i.e., not
> > ::first-letter, ::first-line, or ::selection) and not leaves of the
> > tree.  (Gecko doesn't implement any pseudo-elements that can have
> > other selectors to their right.  I'm not sure if other engines
> > have.)
> >
> > I'd be a little worried about ease of implementation, and doing so
> > without disabling a bunch of selector-related optimizations that
> > we'd rather have.
> >
> > At some point we probably do want to have this sort of
> > pseudo-element, but it's certainly adding an additional dependency
> > on to this spec.
> Are you saying :host accepts selectors to its right and they would
> potentially result in a match?


For :host it's less interesting, but I thought a major use of
:host() and :host-context() is to be able to write selectors that
have combinators to the right of :host() or :host-context().

And I tend to think :host, :host(), and :host-context() should
probably agree on whether to be pseudo-classes or pseudo-elements.

> Even if that were the case it's still
> unclear to me how a pseudo-class is justified. Or are you saying the
> concept of a host element selector is problematic in general?



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