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Re: [css3-values] new editor's draft (and [css3-box])

From: Simetrical <simetrical@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2009 19:00:43 -0500
Message-ID: <7c2a12e20901171600qe9480bdpa5c14ceab0a18427@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Christoph Päper" <christoph.paeper@crissov.de>
Cc: "CSS 3 W3C Group" <www-style@w3.org>
On Sat, Jan 17, 2009 at 11:07 AM, Christoph Päper
<christoph.paeper@crissov.de> wrote:
> Please add to the table in section 3.3.2 Absolute length units:
>  um   micrometers (µm); 1um is equal to 1/1000 millimeter.
>  dd   didot; 1dd is equal to 3/8 millimeter.
>  cc   cicero; 1cc is equal to 12 didots.
>  q    kyu; 1q is equal to 1/4 millimeter.
> Although not many a designer uses these (yet or still), they should be
> reasonably cheap to implement.

Is this the philosophy that should be used here?  What actual use do
these serve?  You could equally add fm (for nucleus-sized displays),
km (for continent-sized displays), ly (light-year, for galaxy-sized
displays), cubit (for life-size recreations of Noah's Ark), etc.  All
of those would be very cheap to add too, but would they realistically
be useful to anyone?  I'm pretty sure that someone who wanted a
measurement of three dd's wouldn't mind having to write "1.125mm".
The set of units should be kept as small as possible while remaining
convenient.  I don't think CSS needs many more units that are simple
multiples of existing units.
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