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

Trey Matteson trey at usa.net
Thu Jun 17 14:39:20 PDT 2010

I have seen sites that make this assumption.  Even worked on one.  From a website writer's view, the whitespace nodes are usually a pain, but if you add some hacks to skip around them (as ugly as that is), you expect those hacks to keep working.


On Jun 17, 2010, at 2:19 PM, David Hyatt 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)
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