> It might be new in the context of all versions of IE, but it can
> hardly be a new bug in a browser that hasn't been released yet. ;-)

*Obviously* I meant new to the IE line.  (And IE8 was released on
Thursday, although Microsoft's own Internet Explorer home page is a
bit divided about it...)

-- T.J. :-)

On Mar 23, 3:04 am, RobG <rg...@iinet.net.au> wrote:
> On Mar 21, 10:22 pm, "T.J. Crowder" <t...@crowdersoftware.com> wrote:
> [...]
>
> > @RobG:
>
> > > Then that is a bug in IE 8.
>
> > It _may_ be.
>
> If the OP's statement:
>
> > > On Mar 20, 6:18 am, masterleep <bill-goo...@lipa.name> wrote:
>
> > > > OK, I found this particular one... if you call
> > > > input_elem.readAttribute('value');
> > > > on an input element, and the value is equal to the empty string, then
> > > > in IE8 the result is null.
>
> is taken at face value, and the version of Prototype.js being used is
> 1.6.0.3 (which is still the "latest stable version" published on
> prototypejs.org), it is very likely a bug in IE 8.
>
> >  Half the point of readAttribute it that it "...cleans up
> > the horrible mess Internet Explorer makes when handling attributes"[1]
>
> In this case the OP is dealing with the value attribute, which is not
> one of the properties that readAttribute does anything with - it just
> calls getAttribute, even for IE.
>
> > and consequently it does a *lot* of processing around the getAttribute
> > call, including (in trunk) several IE8-specific branches.
>
> That is a consequence of trying to write a general wrapper for
> getAttribute, which is known to be buggy.  Why not just forget get/
> setAttribute altogether?
>
> >  Always
> > possible that that code isn't handling something right.  Equally, it's
> > entirely possible that there's a (new) bug in IE8. :-)
>
> It might be new in the context of all versions of IE, but it can
> hardly be a new bug in a browser that hasn't been released yet. ;-)
>
> --
> Rob
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