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Fwd: Proposed changes for units.

From: Erik Dahlstrom <ed@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 13:09:56 +0200
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Forwarded on Tav's behalf for ISSUE-2351.

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From: "Tavmjong Bah" <tavmjong@gmail.com>
Subject: Proposed changes for units.
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2010 20:20:29 +0200

Re: ISSUE-2351: Clarify that units are required on <length>s in style
attribute; fix examples in text.  [SVG 1.1 F2  Last Call


First an update on the issue:

          After some discussion on the www-svg mailing list, it can be
          concluded that the examples in 6.6 are correct as the parameter
          in question ('stroke-width') is not a CSS defined property and
          thus does not need a unit. The example in 7.10 is wrong as
          'font-size' is a CSS defined property and its use in a 'style'
          attribute requires a unit.

Second, a proposal to clarify when units are required follows. Part of
the proposal is based on suggested text from Doug Schepers.

                                          Tav

Proposed changes:

4.2 Basic data types

Change <angle> section to:

      Angles are specified in one of two ways, depending upon whether
      they are used in CSS property syntax or SVG presentation attribute
      syntax:

      * When an <angle> is used in a stylesheet or with a property in a
        'style' attribute, the syntax must match the following pattern:

        angle ::= number (~"deg" | ~"grad" | ~"rad")?

        where deg indicates degrees, grad indicates grads and rad
        indicates radians. The unit identifier may be in lower
        (recommended) or upper case.

        For properties defined in CSS2 [CSS2], an angle unit identifier
        must be provided. For angle values in SVG-specific properties
        the angle unit identifier is optional. If a unit is not
        provided, the angle value is assumed to be in degrees.

      * When an <angle> is used in an SVG attribute, the syntax must
        match the following pattern:

        angle ::= number ("deg" | "grad" | "rad")?

        The unit identifier must be in lower case.

      In the SVG DOM, <angle> values are represented using SVGAngle or
      SVGAnimatedAngle objects.


Change <length> section to:

      A length is a distance measurement, given as a number, along with
      a unit which may be optional. Lengths are specified in one of two
      ways, depending upon whether they are used in CSS property syntax
      or SVG presentation attribute syntax:

     * When a <length> is used in a stylesheet or with a property in a
       'style' attribute, the syntax must match the following pattern:

       length ::= number (~"em" | ~"ex" | ~"px" | ~"in" | ~"cm" | ~"mm" |
~"pt" | ~"pc")?

       See the CSS2 specification for the meanings of the unit
       identifiers. The unit identifier may be in lower (recommended)
       or upper case.

       For properties defined in CSS2 [CSS2], a length unit identifier
       must be provided. For length values in SVG-specific properties,
       the length unit identifier is optional. If a unit is not
       provided, the length value represents a distance in the current
       user coordinate system.

     * When a <length> is used in an SVG presentation attribute, the
       syntax must match the following pattern:

       length ::= number ("em" | "ex" | "px" | "in" | "cm" | "mm" | "pt" |
"pc" | "%")?

       The unit identifier must be in lower case.

       Note that a percentage unit identifier is allowed in the
       presentation attribute (non-property) <length> definition. The
       meaning of a percentage length value depends on the attribute for
       which the percentage length value has been specified. Two common
       cases are: (a) when a percentage length value represents a
       percentage of the viewport width or height (refer to the section
       that discusses units in general), and (b) when a percentage
       length value represents a percentage of the bounding box width or
       height on a given object (refer to the section that describes
       object bounding box units).

    In the SVG DOM, <length> values are represented using SVGLength or
    SVGAnimatedLength objects.

6.6 Styling with CSS

Add at end of "Implementations that..." paragraph:

"Note that property declarations inside the 'style' attribute must
follow CSS style rules, see 6.12."

6.12 The 'style' attribute

Add period to end of sentence in first paragraph, followed by:

"Property declarations must follow CSS style rules thus CSS defined
properties (e.g. 'font-size') with a <length> value must include a
unit (for non-zero values). See 6.1 for a list of CSS defined
properties."


7.10 Units:

Change first line from:

All coordinates and lengths in SVG can be specified with or without a
unit identifier.

to:

"All coordinates and lengths in SVG can be specified with or without a
unit identifier. (Note that CSS defined properties used in a CSS style
sheet or the 'style' attribute require units for lengths, see 6.1.)"


Change:

         <text style="font-size: 50">Text size is 50 user units</text>

to:

         <text font-size="50">Text size is 50 user units</text>


-- 
Erik Dahlstrom, Core Technology Developer, Opera Software
Co-Chair, W3C SVG Working Group
Personal blog: http://my.opera.com/macdev_ed
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