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[Bug 17121] New: Need to introduce the concept of a "formatting context" for forwards compatibility

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Date: Sun, 20 May 2012 14:29:57 +0000
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           Summary: Need to introduce the concept of a "formatting
                    context" for forwards compatibility
           Product: CSS
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: CSS Level 2
        AssignedTo: bert@w3.org
        ReportedBy: antonsforums@yahoo.co.uk
         QAContact: public-css-bugzilla@w3.org

CSS Level 3 layout specs need to introduce formatting contexts which are very
similar to block formatting contexts but which are used to format boxes other
than block-level ones.  (For example, a flexbox establishes a flexbox
formatting context for laying out flexbox items.)  It is editorially useful to
be able to refer to formatting contexts in general, without specifying whether
they are bloxk, flexbox, etc.

Moreover, 'overflow' (for example) is defined for block containers (and should
be defined for table boxes - see Bug ____) but if we wish to avoid having to
extend the Applies To line for 'overflow' in each new layout spec, it would be
good to have defined a more general type of box to which we could say that
'overflow' applies.

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