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#6007 closed bug (patchwelcome)

Opened February 02, 2010 03:24AM UTC

Closed April 17, 2011 12:13AM UTC

Last modified March 13, 2012 11:19PM UTC

jQuery gives errors when called externally from a SVG

Reported by: digijin Owned by: john
Priority: low Milestone:
Component: core Version: git
Keywords: xml svg Cc:
Blocked by: Blocking:

in a svg file if I include a link to jquery with a tag like

<script type="text/javascript" xlink:href="jquery/jquery-1.4.min.js"/>

with jQuery 1.4 I get the error

Error: is undefined

Source File: /jquery-1.4.min.js

Line: 33

using 1.3.2 I get the error

Error: is undefined

Source File: /jquery-1.3.2.min.js

Line: 19

I assume the error has something to do with the document type as I use this same library in many places and this is the only place it raises an error. I can replicate this in firefox 3.5 with all addons disabled.

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Changed February 02, 2010 01:47PM UTC by john comment:1

component: unfilledcore
owner: → john
status: newassigned

This is something that we can check in to for jQuery 1.5 (when we look at other SVG/XHTML/XML issues).

Changed August 16, 2010 09:53PM UTC by pekarna comment:2

Verified with <script xlink:href=""/> = "none"; // is undefined LINE 834

It's in the anonymous "main" function when creating the general-purpose div.

Changed August 16, 2010 10:25PM UTC by pekarna comment:3

See the RFE ticket #6910

Changed October 19, 2010 06:45AM UTC by snover comment:4


Changed October 22, 2010 06:29PM UTC by rwaldron comment:5

priority: majorlow

Reset priority to low, per triage docs

Changed November 21, 2010 04:43AM UTC by snover comment:6

keywords: svgxml svg

Changed November 21, 2010 04:48AM UTC by snover comment:7

blocking: → 7584

Changed February 04, 2011 03:03PM UTC by anonymous comment:8

With jquery 1.5 the error changed to " is undefined" but it's the same and still there.

Please? This makes jquery completely unusable inside svg!

Changed February 04, 2011 11:03PM UTC by digijin comment:9

it is possible to use jquery with a svg, but you need to be a bit tricky and embed it in the parent of the svg and call it from there. I dont have any examples handy, but I have done it before.

Changed February 05, 2011 01:09AM UTC by jitter comment:10

milestone: →
version: 1.4.1git

Changed March 28, 2011 08:24PM UTC by mpedrotti comment:11

When the document element is svg, there are at least 2 problems and 2 subproblems to solve:

1. In the immediate function for, call createElementNS for XML documents.

jQuery 1.5.2RC1 has 4 occurrences of createElement for div, 1 for select, 1 for option, and 1 for script.

Pseudocode for the first occurrence:

var isXML = jQuery.isXMLDoc(document), div = isXML ?
document.createElementNS("", "div") :

Subproblem: Neither jQuery.isXMLDoc nor Sizzle.isXML are defined at this point in the code.

2. In the anonymous function for W3C box model and so on, insert a body element in a foreignObject element in the svg document element:


var ..., foreignObject,
// is document.documentElement always defined at this point?
isSVG = document.documentElement.namespace === "";

if ( !body ) {
if ( isSVG ) {
body = document.createElementNS("", "body");
foreignObject = document.createElementNS("", "foreignObject");
foreignObject.setAttribute("visibility", "hidden"); // is this necessary?
foreignObject.setAttribute("x", 0); // the following are necessary
foreignObject.setAttribute("y", 0);
foreignObject.setAttribute("width", 1);
foreignObject.setAttribute("height", 1);
} else {

// Check for box model, and so on

if (isSVG) { /* include body and foreignObject in the clean up */ }

Subproblem: The anonymous function is never called because the ready function makes sure body exists, but body doesn't exist if the document element is svg.


if ( !document.body && !jQuery.isXMLDoc(document) ) {
return setTimeout( jQuery.ready, 1 );

Changed April 17, 2011 12:13AM UTC by john comment:12

resolution: → patchwelcome
status: assignedclosed

See thoughts in #7584.