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#5706 closed bug (duplicate)

Opened December 23, 2009 12:58PM UTC

Closed November 21, 2010 04:42AM UTC

Last modified March 10, 2012 07:09AM UTC

.attr() fails with TypeError when used on foreign elements, such as SVG

Reported by: rdworth Owned by:
Priority: high Milestone: 1.5
Component: core Version: 1.4a2
Keywords: attr attribute TypeError foreign svg getAttribute setAttribute Cc:
Blocked by: Blocking:

For foreign elements in an HTML document, the .attr() method fails for getting and setting values, as it attempts to use

var value = elem[name];
elem[name] = value;

instead of

//DOM Core
var value = elem.getAttribute(name);
elem.setAttribute(name, value);

A simple test of this, in a browser that supports foreign elements in HTML documents (must implement document.createElementNS):

var rect = document.createElementNS("", "rect");
rect.setAttribute('width', 100);
jQuery(rect).attr('width', 200);

In jQuery 1.4a2, this fails with TypeError: setting a property that has only a getter.


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Change History (6)

Changed December 23, 2009 02:29PM UTC by rdworth comment:1

There is a current check in .attr() for isXMLDoc, but we need a fix that works for foreign elements in HTML documents, meaning the fix needed here cannot be based on the type of document the element is from or in, but based on whether the element is from a namespace other than HTML. Patches (including tests):

This fixes .attr() by not using the DOM HTML method of getting and setting attributes if the element is detected to be foreign. In this case, it falls back to DOM Core's .getAttribute() and .setAttribute(). Tests included.

This adds a new function, isForeignElement. This is similar to isXML (isXMLDoc in jQuery), except that it's based on the namespace of the element itself, rather than the type of document it's in/from, or the way it's parsed (text/html vs. application/xhtml+xml). In the case of IE, we'll get nothing from .namespaceURI, but IE doesn't support foreign elements anyway. So in this case we fall back to using isXML. This means the function isn't defined as detecting whether an element is foreign to the document it's in, but whether the element is foreign to the HTML namespace. See tests in above commit.


Changed January 06, 2010 12:32AM UTC by john comment:2

component: unfilledcore
milestone: 1.41.5

Richard - We're going to tackle this, and a number of other XML/XHTML/XUL/SVG related issues post-1.4. Thanks for the patch!

Changed April 07, 2010 11:32PM UTC by rdworth comment:3

Moved jQuery patch to a feature branch:

Changed October 19, 2010 06:49AM UTC by snover comment:4

priority: majorhigh
status: newopen

Changed November 21, 2010 04:42AM UTC by snover comment:5

resolution: → duplicate
status: openclosed

Changed November 21, 2010 04:42AM UTC by snover comment:6

Duplicate of #3116.