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Column-width-policy is ugly

From: Biep Durieux <bdurieux@baan.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 08:58:25 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <41F966E6F6E5D311AFE000508B6FC21E04B2499B@ex-nld-u2.baan.com>
To: "'www-style@w3.org'" <www-style@w3.org>
I propose that no properties such as 'column-width-policy' be added.  I
think it is conceptually extremely ugly to have obe property define what
another means.  That violates referential transparency, especially when the
policy is in a different sheet from the width itself.

Instead, building on my previous proposal
(http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2001Jan/0060.html), let us
allow certain properties to take intervals as their values, so that one can
write:
P.a {column: (width: (min: 100px))}                 ; a column with a width
of at least 100px
P.a {column: (width: (max: 100px))}                 ; a column with a width
of at most 100px
P.a {column: (width: (min: 100px max: 200px))}      ; a column with a width
between 100px and 200px


Future extensions may include choices (either: 100px, 200px, 300px) or other
ways to give limited freedom to the browser.

J. A. Durieux
Email	: BDurieux@baan.com
http://www.biep.org
Received on Friday, 26 January 2001 11:37:52 GMT

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