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Re: Values of CSS properties

From: Lea Verou <lea@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:27:58 +0300
Cc: Julee Burdekin <jburdeki@adobe.com>, public-webplatform@w3.org, PhistucK <phistuck@gmail.com>
Message-Id: <33829C99-9D96-47FF-9EF1-616B112617A6@w3.org>
To: Mike Sierra <letmespellitoutforyou@gmail.com>
Btw, I think `data_types` in the URL should be `values` instead. Not only it’s more concise and understandable, but also on par with the spec title: CSS Values and Units [1]. Even in this thread, the subject is “*Values* of CSS properties”...

[1]: http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-values/

Lea Verou
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On Jul 26, 2013, at 00:34, Mike Sierra <letmespellitoutforyou@gmail.com> wrote:

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> It's linked from that property page: css/data_types/length
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> Otherwise a concept page about multiple values is easy enough.
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> --Mike S
> On Jul 25, 2013 4:50 PM, "Julee Burdekin" <jburdeki@adobe.com> wrote:
> +1 But I don't think we have such a page... J
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> From: Mike Sierra <letmespellitoutforyou@gmail.com>
> Date: Thursday, July 25, 2013 1:47 PM
> To: Lea Verou <lea@w3.org>
> Cc: PhistucK <phistuck@gmail.com>, julee <jburdeki@adobe.com>, WebPlatform Public List <public-webplatform@w3.org>
> Subject: Re: Values of CSS properties
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> I prefer <length> with a link to the length page and maybe a brief note about percentages and keywords, but separate lines for 2, 4, and 1-line syntax.   Perhaps "accepts multiple values" should be a flag in the overview table, with a link to discussion of comma-separated syntax?
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> --Mike S
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> On Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 4:40 PM, Lea Verou <lea@w3.org> wrote:
> Isn’t that the purpose of the examples section?
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> On Jul 25, 2013, at 23:39, PhistucK <phistuck@gmail.com> wrote:
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>> While I understand what <length> means exactly, I am not sure everyone does. In order to be correct and accurate, as well as usable for newcomers, I think we should have <length> as well as one or two quick and short examples to make the newcomers figure out the usage easily and quickly.
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>> So, say -
>> background-position: <length> <length>;
>>   background-position: 20px 30px;
>>   background-position: 15em 5%;
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>> Or something similar.
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>> ☆PhistucK
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>> On Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 11:32 PM, Lea Verou <lea@w3.org> wrote:
>> Yes, that’s what I’m talking about. Glad we agree. Anyone else want to chime in?
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>> Lea Verou
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>> On Jul 25, 2013, at 23:31, Julee Burdekin <jburdeki@adobe.com> wrote:
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>> > Hi, Lea: Are you talking about where it lists the values:
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>> > Values
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>> > 20px 40px
>> >     Any standard CSS...
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>> > Yes, I agree: <length> is better than some arbitrary example value.
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>> > From:  Lea Verou <lea@w3.org>
>> > Date:  Thursday, July 25, 2013 1:25 PM
>> > To:  WebPlatform Public List <public-webplatform@w3.org>
>> > Subject:  Values of CSS properties
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>> > I see this pattern in many CSS properties. For example,
>> > http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/css/properties/background-positionSome
>> > have generic data types as values (e.g. length), others try to use
>> > specific examples.
>> > What’s the correct way?
>> > Personally, I think specific examples can be confusing, since the reader
>> > needs to extrapolate the general rule.
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