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Re: [CSS3] Some thoughts about functions, notation and gradient().

From: Eric Herboso <ericherboso@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 13:56:38 -0400
Message-ID: <e3df60c80908201056j18f1a8eep22a49d71d9083b75@mail.gmail.com>
To: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Cc: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, Simon Fraser <smfr@me.com>, Andrew Fedoniouk <news@terrainformatica.com>, Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>, www-style <www-style@w3.org>
> [I]t feels to me that if
> you're writing something like:
>  a / b, c, d
> the natural grouping of that syntax is:
>  (a / b), c, d
> whereas in this draft it means:
>  a / (b, c, d)

As a lurker who mostly just likes to follow the discussions here without
contributing much of anything, I rarely feel the need to speak up.  However,
I really, really, really, really agree with the above statement.

In both poetry and matrices, slashes are stronger than commas, so I
understand the original thinking of using it this way. If the first thought
you have is of poetry or matrices, then you are familiar with notating a new
line with a slash.

Yet in almost every other instance I can think of it is the other way
around.  Shorthand English uses slashes to represent lack of letters in a
word like w/o (without), whereas commas separate words themselves (and are
thus higher up in the hierarchy).  In urls, slashes are clearly used as
higher up than commas (http://whatever.com/1,2,3.html).  In pronunciation
guides, slashes are internal, whereas commas separate words.  When listing
alternative names for something, slashes are internal, and commas separate
phrases in the sentence it is used.  In all of these, commas are used as
separators than have slashes in them, and not the other way around.

Anyway, back to lurking for me now.

Be well,
-Eric

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