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Re: [css3-background] border-radius color transitions using gradients recommended but undefined

From: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 10:25:34 -0800
Cc: Daniel Glazman <daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-Id: <F4FFD148-6BBD-4800-8446-AD8F7D5B1DED@gmail.com>
To: Zack Weinberg <zweinberg@mozilla.com>

On Jan 27, 2010, at 9:49 AM, Zack Weinberg wrote:

> Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Since border-styles are also part of the same spec, can we also
>> tighten that up too? There is no inter-op currently on dot shape or
>> spacing, so standardizing that would be unlikely to break anything
>> substantially. For "dotted", it does now say "round" dots, and I
>> think we can be more precise.
> We are aware that Gecko's handling of dotted border corners is, um,
> terrible; improvements are in development at
> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=19963 -- I can generate a
> new set of builds with those patches if anyone is interested in testing
> them.  (They do not, however, address the interaction between dots and
> border-radius.)
> Incidentally, those patches use square dots for borders that are less
> than three device pixels wide, which I think should be officially
> allowed.

Sure. I think that is as reasonably close as you can get to a round dot at that size.

>> ‘dotted’ 
>> A series of round dots, evenly spaced around the entire border
>> (including corners and border radii). The space between dots should
>> be approximately equal to the width of one dot, but this spacing
>> should be adjusted in order to achieve uniform spacing, with no less
>> than .75 dot-width of space between dots. Spacing of dots may be
>> different along vertical border sides than along horizontal border
>> sides, in order to achieve symmetry at the corners.
> I am not sure "no less than .75 dot-width of space between dots" and
> "uniform spacing" are simultaneously achievable under all conditions.

I'm not married to that particular number, if there are reasons to pick a different one. The idea is that a dotted line not be too crowded with dots, and that I'd rather have a little extra space between dots than not enough. Maybe not everyone here will agree with that preference, but we I'd like the spec to say something concrete like this about the spacing, as long as we are getting more precise about other parts (like the blending of colors in a corner radius). 

> You should also be aware that it is *mathematically impossible* to draw
> a dotted line which is uniformly spaced, one device pixel wide, an even
> number of device pixels long, and has dots at both ends.  This is,
> unfortunately, a common thing for Web authors to request.  I tried a
> bunch of alternatives and came to the conclusion that the least
> aesthetically offensive fallback is to omit dots at two of the four
> corners of the box (assuming all four sides are drawn).

I am OK with allowing that exception for single pixel thickness lines. I am more concerned with the much more noticeable problems when the border thicknesses are thicker, such as when it's 20 device pixels.

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