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Opened 15 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

#4344 closed bug (wontfix)

~, > selector with descendant fails

Reported by: kbae Owned by: john
Priority: high Milestone: 1.next
Component: selector Version: 1.4.4
Keywords: regression Cc:
Blocked by: Blocking:


Using ~ or > selector in combination with a descendant fails in 1.3.2, but works in 1.2.x.

Example: $(' ~ tr.clsName .subClsName', obj)

See attached sample.

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Change History (8)

Changed 15 years ago by kbae

Attachment: test.html added

comment:1 Changed 14 years ago by davidserduke

Seems to work in the most recent versions of the browser that have the querySelectorAll() functionality. But in versions without that I think it is a Sizzle problem. So this problem shows in FF3.5 only if you hide the querySelectorAll().

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="../jquery.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
      $(function () {
        document.querySelectorAll = undefined;
        var $result = $("body > div span");
        alert($result.length ? "found" : "not found");
    <div id="outside_div">
      <div id="inside_div">

Near as I can tell (at least in this case) Sizzle works backwards on the query. So with this query:

$("body > div span");

it finds the span first. Then it looks for the nearest div parent which in this case is inside_div. Next it looks to see if body is the direct parent of inside_div which it is not and fails to make a successful connection on that basis.

I suspect to fix this Sizzle would have to keep an array of matching parents found instead of just the closest parent. Then loop over those for the various cases because sometimes you want the closest but others you might not.

All in all doesn't seem like an easy fix.

comment:2 Changed 13 years ago by Rick Waldron

Priority: minorhigh
Status: newopen


"Not Found" when using 1.4.4rc1: http://jsfiddle.net/rwaldron/SKhr8/3/

"Found" with 1.2.6 http://jsfiddle.net/rwaldron/SKhr8/4/

"Note Found" with 1.3.2 http://jsfiddle.net/rwaldron/SKhr8/5/

Incidentally, I would suspect that qSA does not like mixed descendant selectors

comment:3 Changed 13 years ago by snover

Keywords: regression added

comment:4 Changed 13 years ago by jitter

Milestone: 1.4.51.next

comment:5 Changed 13 years ago by jitter

#8003 is a duplicate of this ticket.

comment:6 Changed 12 years ago by anonymous

is this bug fixed yet?

comment:7 Changed 12 years ago by john

Resolution: wontfix
Status: openclosed

This does not seem like something that we're going to fix - the result would be prohibitively expensive (both in terms of computation and in terms of file size). Perhaps if we end up rewriting Sizzle at some point we can tackle this issue then.

For this specific case you can do: $("body > div").find("span") to achieve a working result.

Last edited 12 years ago by john (previous) (diff)
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