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Re: Filters spec: CSS vs SVG

From: Dean Jackson <dino@apple.com>
Date: Sat, 07 May 2011 05:12:59 +1000
Cc: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>, Erik Dahlstrom <ed@opera.com>, public-fx@w3.org, www-svg <www-svg@w3.org>
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To: Rik Cabanier <cabanier@gmail.com>

On 06/05/2011, at 8:15 AM, Rik Cabanier wrote:

> Hi Chris,
> 
> these were just the changes that have been discussed on the FX mailing list. 
> In the start of this thread, I said that I wasn't aware that this was intended to be a replacement for SVG filters.
> 
> I personally don't think that this should be the case and I'm fairly sure that Dean didn't intend this either.

My understanding was, and still is, that the Filters specification is supposed to cover both the SVG and CSS use cases - ie. it is a replacement for the SVG filters module.

The CSS parts were intended to be additions that could be described in SVG. Whether or not an implementation actually uses SVG filters is a detail left up to them. Also, the CSS part was intended to be less powerful than SVG filters - that's where the "dropping" of features comes from. They are just not available in CSS, giving the implementation the option to never implement them.

It did get slightly confusing when the suggestion to drop enable-background from SVG filters came up. It seems most implementors are happy with this. My comment was that it was fine to remove it, but since there is content out there that uses it (eg. Adobe Illustrator output) then we probably should mark it as deprecated for a while before complete removal.

> The CSS filter spec just took the general approach of the SVG filter specfor simplicity. If possible, we should not change behavior of overlapping functionality but it should be OK to remove or add keywords.

At the moment I don't think there is anything in the CSS part that requires a change in the SVG part. At least nothing that implies removal of SVG features.

I expect in the future we'll be tempted to add more effects - these should be added to both CSS and SVG. If an effect is not appropriate in CSS, it's ok for it to be SVG-only. SVG is always the way to do the more complex effects.

[Aside: If we start thinking of this spec as CSS vs Markup filters, rather than CSS vs SVG, it might be helpful. There is only a little bit of actual SVG in Filters]

Dean

> 
> For now, the filter spec is supposed to be as simple as possible both for implementors and web designers.
> This means:
> - easy syntax for basic filters. More complicated filters can be done using a subset of SVG filter. The reason for their use is that they were already well defined.
> - no access to the background or blending for ease of implementation
> - no enable-background. This concept does not exist in the HTML.
> - no section support. HTML generally is not a fixed layout so 'sections' don't make much sense.
> 
> I agree that IF this is a replacemet spec, we need to thread more lightly...
> 
> Rik
> 
> On Thu, May 5, 2011 at 5:01 AM, Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org> wrote:
> On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 11:29:45 PM, Rik wrote:
> 
> RC> Thank Erik!I didn't know that this was a replacement for the current spec.
> 
> RC> So far, I think these are the following proposed changes:
> RC> - remove section 6, the filter effects region
> RC>  - remove backgound-image and background-alpha
> RC> - remove section on the enable-background keyword
> RC> - change default behavior of an unknown filter to 'ignore' instead of the 'null filter'
> RC>  - remove filters that create an image and move them to the
> RC> image-values spec (ie feTurbulence)
> RC> - remove the feComposite filter and replace with the CSS/SVG compositing spec
> 
> Given that your first sentence quoted above makes clear that you understand that this is a replacement spec that covers both HTML/CSS as well as SVG (and SVG/CSS) usage - please provide an analysis of the impact of such *radical* changes to existing on existing uses of SVG filters.
> 
> 
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