It can select elements using the very brand new CSS4 features. The following are some examples.
/* subject overriding, was '$div .box' in a previous CSS4 draft, returns 'div' rather than '.box' */ div! .box /* id references, 'input' who's ID matches 'label's 'for' attribute */ label /for/ input /* case insensitive attribute matching */ [attr = "val" i] /* :nth-match and :nth-last-match to match against sub-selectors */ div:nth-match(3 of .box) /* links who's target absolute URI matches the current document's URI, arguments specify the degree of locality */ a:local-link(0) /* :column */ td:column(col.profit) /* :nth-column and :nth-last-column */ td:nth-column(even)
I've been hopeful that a selector engine would take on the challenge of CSS4 support. From what I understand about jQuery, CSS4 support would require a lot of rewriting Sizzle since it is so highly dependent on querySelectorAll(). I know that NWMatcher is a lot more robust in it's pre- and post-processing of selectors even when the browser supports querySelectorAll(). In other words, I'm thinking a selector engine needs to know when the browser supports CSS4 and use querySelectorAll() if possible even when CSS4 is not supported.