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Re: New CSS variables syntax in latest WebKit

From: Brad Kemper <brkemper.comcast@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 12:57:16 -0700
Message-Id: <24EE0CFA-D7A9-4788-AA36-A9BC5EDA6E31@gmail.com>
To: David Hyatt <hyatt@apple.com>
Cc: Daniel Glazman <daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com>, "www-style@w3.org List" <www-style@w3.org>

You're saying Wekit is now responsible for author typos? With a typo  
the author will not get what they expected regardless of this proposal.

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On Aug 22, 2008, at 12:46 PM, David Hyatt <hyatt@apple.com> wrote:

> We've already had a regression in WebKit from the $ syntax.  People  
> make $ typos in stylesheets apparently. :(
>
> I think the function syntax is the least likely to cause backwards  
> compatibility issues.
>
> dave
>
> On Aug 22, 2008, at 2:39 PM, Brad Kemper wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> On Aug 22, 2008, at 11:07 AM, Daniel Glazman <daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com 
>> > wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> David Hyatt wrote:
>>>
>>>> (1) -webkit-var(foo)
>>>> (2) =foo=
>>>> (3) $foo
>>>> One concern about using a symbol to represent a variable is that  
>>>> there is no way to vendor-prefix it.  Then again, just using a  
>>>> symbol like = or $ looks nicer than the ugly "-webkit-var"  
>>>> notation.
>>>
>>> It also looks terribly more dangerous because some server modules
>>> already use such syntax for macro expansion on the server's side...
>>> Honestly, I think 2 and 3 are not a good idea.
>>>
>>> </Daniel>
>>
>> They use the equal sign notation? I thought that was fairly unique  
>> (which was also one of the criticisms about it).
>>
>> Even with the dollar sign, is macro expansion really that fragile?  
>> What if you want to represent a dollar amount in your HTML?  
>> Wouldn't you just escape the $ in both cases? Unexpanded macros  
>> would never make it into the final rendered css, right?
>>
>
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