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Re: Proposal: %% units

From: Laurens Holst <lholst@students.cs.uu.nl>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2005 02:04:31 +0200
Message-ID: <42AF708F.9070405@students.cs.uu.nl>
To: Andrew Fedoniouk <news@terrainformatica.com>
Cc: Ben Curtis <bcurtis@bivia.com>, www-style@w3.org

Andrew Fedoniouk wrote:

> In fact any UA now has %% implemented internally.
> At least table layout computation is using exactly the same or
> very close principles. We don't need to invent anything major here
> and to introduce new principles. Web designers already know
> how to deal with them (in tables).

If table layouts already implement this, then we don’t need %%, we can 
just use the CSS table properties.

The reason why tables work is that they have a strong structure of what 
contains what, and if two table-cells are in a table-row, then they will 
always be displayed next to eachother. Inline-block doesn’t have this, 
and it never will. You need another model for that, which I think will 
effectively mimick the table properties.

> Again, in my opinion,  calc makes sense when you will be able to do 
> following

Calc doesn’t harm incremental reflow, because in the end they’re all 
constants just like they are now without calc().

> img { float:left; margin:1em 1em 1em 0; width:120px; }
> p { width:75%%; min-width:calc(#myimg.width + #myimg.margin[0] + 10em); }
>
> <img id="myimg" src="bio_pic.jpg" height="220" width="120" alt="" />
> <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. ... </p>
>
> Otherwise you are getting redundant declarations. As you've mentioned
> this is just not working for design in teams, etc.

Working in teams is overrated. Seriously, at work, we work in a team. 
Multiple people are using and adapting the same stylesheet. I can assure 
you that there are aplenty of places in CSS where there is duplication 
of units and properties (just think of 
#a{float:left;width:100px}#b{padding-left: 100px} to create a column 
layout). No-one died, so to speak.


~Grauw

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