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[CSS21] Editorial issues with Ch. 8 (Box model) - comments on Working Draft

From: Anton Prowse <prowse@moonhenge.net>
Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2011 21:48:10 +0100
Message-ID: <4D277C0A.6060709@moonhenge.net>
To: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Issue 1: 8.1 (Box dimensions) says:

   # The dimensions of the content area of a box — the content width and
   # content height — depend on several factors: whether the element
   # generating the box has the 'width' or 'height' property set, [...]

  The wording "has the x property set" is sloppy, not least because all 
properties exist for all elements within a given @media, at least down 
as far as computed value.

I suggest:

s/whether the element generating the box has the 'width' or 'height' 
property set/the values of the 'width' and 'height' properties for the 
element generating the box/


Issue 2: 8.3 (Margin properties) says:

   # Margin properties specify the width of the margin area of a box.

s/width of the margin area/width of the pieces of margin/

since that's what 8.3 is talking about all the way through (eg in the 
specification of what <length> values mean).  It's most definitely /not/ 
talking about the actual margin area width, which is a different thing 
entirely.

I can't say I'm thrilled with "pieces of margin", but that's what is 
already being used in the first paragraph of 8.1, and no preferable term 
such as "margin component" appears in Chapter 8.

Similarly, 8.4 (Padding properties) says:

   # The padding properties specify the width of the padding area of a box

and 8.5 (Border properties) says:

   # The border properties specify the width [...] of the border area of 
a box

and 8.5.1 (Border width) says:

   # The border width properties specify the width of the border area.


Issue 3: The 'margin-top', 'margin-bottom' property definitions in 8.3 
are followed by the note:

   # These properties have no effect on non-replaced inline elements.

I suggest
s/effect/visual effect/
to avoid the impression that the properties might not apply to 
non-replaced inlines.

Cheers,
Anton Prowse
http://dev.moonhenge.net
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