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Re: stability of root em unit spec

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 22:13:21 +1300
Message-ID: <11e306600901070113q4062d07dic1208e5f558d90ab@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Håkon Wium Lie" <howcome@opera.com>
Cc: "Keith Rarick" <kr@xph.us>, www-style@w3.org
On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 9:53 PM, Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com> wrote:

> 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?

I prefer "rem" because it's clearer. "in", "cm", "mm", "em", "ex" and "px"
are all quite clear and easy to remember IMHO. I think it's a coincidence
that these are all two letters. "re" is less clear IMHO, and "rem" will be
significantly easier to remember.

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