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Re: Center DIV

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2003 21:54:06 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200307082054.h68Ks7A01885@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

> Some, such as David Woolley suggested that CSS should not offer a macro
**** function, like vertical-center, as it violates the document-oriented

The objection to the *macro* part was that a professional designer 
must know  what the macro expands to, so it doesn't solve the problem
it is claiming to solve of designers not understanding the language.

I also pointed out that things that depend on calculated heights tend
to involve backtracking, or prevent incremental rendering, and someone
else has pointed out that the one case which allows calculated widths
requires reverse engineering IE to fully specify the behaviour, which
is at least suggestive that a simple model doesn't work.

The point you seem to be picking on here is that I think that there
is very strong psychology amongst computer users towards wanting everything
to do everything, but that is not a good design principle.  The Netscape
developer pointed out that they use a different formatting model for
their user interface components (which presumably don't need to be
incrementally rendered, either).
Received on Tuesday, 8 July 2003 16:54:07 UTC

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