Support alternate syntax for att={i}

RESOLVED INVALID

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RESOLVED INVALID
14 years ago
7 years ago

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(Reporter: nrm, Unassigned)

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14 years ago
Could SpiderMonkey support as an E4X extension (or as a hack):

  var foo = <tag att="{i}">bar</tag>;

Scripters are almost certain to type that instead of:

  var foo = <tag att={i}>bar</tag>;

in an attempt to create well-formed "inline" XML. How hard have we
all struggled to be good XML syntax people and leave bad old
tag soup behind? Now we should trip over a new special case
that operates against our hard-won rigour?

I appreciate that standards-wise an att can hold
"{i}" (3 chars) in pure XML. There is alternate syntax if
that unusual special case is required:

  var foo = <tag att="&#x7B;i&#x7D;">bar</tag>;

not to mention:

  var foo = XML(); foo.tag = "bar"; foo.tag.@att = "{i}";

or even as a further hack (since inline XML is not true XML
anyway):

  var foo = <tag att='{i}'>bar</tag>?

using shell interpolation semantics,  but that risks more tag
soup-ness. Most Windows scripters wouldn't know shell interpolation
if it bit them. Is att="{i}" feasible?

- N.
Note that Netscape in the old days (3 and 4, IIRC) supported JS entities: <foo
attr="&{bar+baz};">, e.g.

This is not a core JS engine RFE, and I'm not likely to do it.  If it's of
interest to WHATWG folks, I'm sure I'll hear about that.

/be
Assignee: brendan → general
Component: JavaScript Engine → DOM: Level 0
Assignee: general → nobody
QA Contact: pschwartau → general
E4X is on your side.
Assignee: nobody → general
Component: DOM: Core & HTML → JavaScript Engine
QA Contact: general → general
This is not a JS engine bug. Nigel (RIP) was clearly asking for HTML attribute values to be parsed for JS expressions enclosed in braces, and those expressions evaluated.

This is not the place to propose such a change. Try http://whatwg.org/ and http://w3.org/. I'm going with INVALID lacking a draft spec from one of those places.

/be
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 7 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID
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