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Re: [css3-flexbox] New WD "CSS Flexible Box Layout"

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009 09:53:10 +1200
Message-ID: <11e306600907261453q296674dcq9cc45dd3055af3db@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Cc: Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>, Www-style <www-style@w3.org>
On Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 9:41 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>wrote:

> On Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 4:15 PM, Robert O'Callahan<robert@ocallahan.org>
> wrote:
> > On Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 2:27 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >>
> >> The one thing that I noticed I've done with floats but can't reproduce
> >> with flexboxes is having two sets of boxes, one packed to the left and
> >> the other packed to the right.  I believe that XUL devs usually use a
> >> <spacer> with a higher box-ordinal to achieve this effect, right?
> >
> > They usually use a spacer and manually order the content. box-ordinal is
> > almost never used by XUL developers. I suppose it might find more use on
> the
> > Web, where you have to deal with fallback in other browsers and a
> stronger
> > separation of style from content --- but I think the value of box-ordinal
> is
> > still an open question at this point.
> Yeah, a non-flexing box basically has -infinity box-ordinal.
> I agree that, as written, box ordinal seems essentially useless.
> Right now the highest-ordinal boxes are allowed to suck up all of the
> extra space, leaving the lesser-ordinal boxes no space at all,
> essentially making them box-flex:0.  Is it required that boxes suck up
> the extra space in exactly the proportion specified?  Frex, if you
> have two boxes with the same box-flex, but an odd number of free
> pixels to distribute, is there a single pixel left over to distribute
> to lesser-ordinal boxes?

Sorry, I think we're mixing up box-ordinal-group and box-flex-group. You're
talking about box-flex-group, I was talking about box-ordinal-group.

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