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Re: [css-animations][web-animations] steps() timing function sometimes unintuitive

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:17:44 -0800
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDA+U6w3SbmA=7-BmLKbWdVFB4uo0Q0hfAmxSNDsWZ+d5w@mail.gmail.com>
To: Rachel Nabors <rachelnabors@gmail.com>
Cc: Brian Birtles <bbirtles@mozilla.com>, "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>, www-style list <www-style@w3.org>, "public-fx@w3.org" <public-fx@w3.org>
On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 9:42 PM, Rachel Nabors <rachelnabors@gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm on the road right now so replies are slow! The animation slack has a
> WAAPI and CSS channel this discussion is perfect for.
>
> As for why "discrete" isn't working for me: it's an general adjective that
> doesn't describe what the action is so much as color it with personality. It
> had to be tacked onto "steps" to make sense. You could remove the word from
> the sentence and the behavior is still perfectly described. It could
> literally be any adjective: polite, judicious, egalitarian. Discrete means
> subtle or out of the way. Steps are steps. They don't have any of the
> qualities these adjectives suggest (unless we include "useful" ;),
> especially if you think about how this would read to someone whose second
> language is English.
>
> I'm sure we can find a succinct word. What is the opposite of continual?
> Besides "staggered" ;) I'll start: divided, consecutive.

Oh! You're thinking of "discreet"! That's a very different word from
"discrete", which is the antonym of "continuous". ^_^

That said, the confusion coming from a near-homograph is a good reason
to downvote "discrete".

~TJ
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