[webkit-dev] Why so many text nodes in the DOM? (especially ones with just whitespace)

Matt 'Murph' Finnicum mattfinn at gmail.com
Thu Jun 17 14:24:44 PDT 2010

On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 4:19 PM, David Hyatt <hyatt at apple.com> wrote:

> On Jun 17, 2010, at 2:45 PM, Gustavo Sverzut Barbieri wrote:
> > David, it's bit more than annoying, it's fragmenting memory for no
> > good. In the long run on systems will small memory it does make a
> > difference :-/
> >
> > I'd like to see some option, maybe compile-time, to strip these
> > useless whitespaces.
> >
> As Alexey points out, this is a compatibility issue though.  People write
> code assuming the whitespace nodes are there.  If you remove them, you'll
> see Web site breakage.
> dave
> (hyatt at apple.com)
Do people write code assuming the content of the whitespace nodes? That
seems very unlikely to me. If not, we could collapse them and be much more
efficient about things (such as a simple flag in their parent node that
represents their existence)

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