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Re: stability of root em unit spec

From: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 09:53:32 +0100
Message-ID: <18788.28044.448714.826340@opera.com>
To: "Keith Rarick" <kr@xph.us>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

Also sprach Keith Rarick:

 > I'm interested in implementing the CSS3 root em unit in Mozilla 

Great!

 > (in https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=472195), but David
 > Baron has suggested that it might not be ready to implement, given
 > that it was recently renamed from "rem" to "re" in the current
 > editor's draft.

True, I've changed this in:

  http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css3-values/

I'm still working on this draft -- adding gr and fr units and such.
The draft will be announced on this list when it's ready for review.

I will propose to change "rem" to "re" because:

  - all other length units are two-letter, it seems logical to follow
    this scheme unless there's a good reason not to

  - "rem" reminds me of the the old basic "remark" command. This is
    not a very good reason, just something that pops up in my head
    whenever I see it. I'm sure "re" will remind some people of email
    messages.

What do people think -- should it be changed back?

-h&kon
              Håkon Wium Lie                          CTO °þe®ª
howcome@opera.com                  http://people.opera.com/howcome
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