[webkit-dev] New approach for DOM attributes that reflect content attributes

Dimitri Glazkov dglazkov at chromium.org
Mon Jun 22 09:08:29 PDT 2009

I'll take care of the V8 bindings.


On Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 10:26 PM, Darin Adler<darin at apple.com> wrote:
> There are many attributes in the DOM that are simply covers for getting and
> setting HTML or SVG attributes. The HTML 5 draft calls this reflection of
> content attributes.
> Currently we do this by writing getter and setter functions. For example,
> see the placeholder and useMap attributes of HTMLInputElement.
> A better way to do this is to declare that the attribute reflects a content
> attribute in the .idl file, and have the bindings call setAttribute and
> getAttribute directly. I plan to do this, with the following syntax. This
> indicates that the title attribute reflects a content attribute named title:
>    attribute [Reflect] DOMString title;
> This indicates that the className DOM attribute reflects a content attribute
> named class:
>    attribute [Reflect=class] DOMString className;
> This indicates that the src DOM attribute reflects a content attribute named
> src, but that the result is a completed URL, not the raw attribute value:
>    attribute [ReflectURL] DOMString src;
> I’m going to begin this work with this bug
> <https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=25425>. That bug talks about a need
> to change the details of various getters and setters, and I decided it was
> better not to do this, but rather to have the getters and setters be
> auto-generated.
> I will implement this for the JavaScript bindings and Objective-C bindings,
> but someone else will have to take care of the V8 bindings.
> Once the bindings are working, I plan to remove the functions in the DOM
> implementation classes. So I would delete the HTMLInputElement::placeholder
> and HTMLInputElement::setPlaceholder functions once the [Reflect] attribute
> has been used for them.
> For now I will begin by implementing [Reflect] and using it in a few places,
> but I won’t delete any functions from the DOM implementation classes yet.
>    -- Darin
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