Mozilla XUL Element and Script Reference

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A rule used in a template. The children of the rule are used to declare the conditions in which the rule matches and the content that is generated. When the content needs to be displayed, the template builder scans through the RDF datasource searching for nodes that match the rules. When a rule is matched, the corresponding content is generated.

A rule contains two or three child elements. The conditions element is used to specify the conditions on which the resources in a datasource can match. Matching resources are used to generate content. Non-matching resources have no content generated for them. The actions element specifies the content that is generated. The bindings element is optional and may specify additional variable bindings to be used.

All three children may use variables in place of attribute values. Variables are a question mark followed by a name. For a matched rule, each variable will be a reference to an RDF resource node. If the same variable appears multiple times, it must have the same value in each place.

A rule may use a shortcut syntax for matching that involves placing additional attributes on the rule element. The rule will match if the attribute matches an attribute on the RDF resource. When comparing attributes, the id, property and instanceOf attributes are ignored.

Each generated element will be given an id values automatically. The id values will correspond to an id of the resource in the datasource. You can use this id in a script to examine the resource.


Attributes inherited from XUL Element


Indicates whether rules match based on containment. If not specified, the rule may match regardless of whether a node is a container or not.


Indicates whether rules match based on emptyness. If not specified, the rule may match regardless of whether a node has children or not.


Properties and Methods:

Properties and Methods inherited from XUL Element