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Fwd: Automatic spec annotations

From: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 11:34:12 -0700
Message-Id: <A5A78F39-139D-4DCA-AC41-2B1A76D4BBD4@gmail.com>
To: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>, Simon Fraser <smfr@me.com>, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
You're right. 

On May 10, 2011, at 10:17 AM, Simon Fraser <simon.fraser@apple.com> wrote:

> This feedback should be on www-style.
> Simon
> On May 10, 2011, at 10:03 AM, Brad Kemper wrote:
>>>>> Has there been much experience with the repeating varieties [of linear-gradient and radial-gradient]? Most of the examples I've seen in the wild are using background-repeat to do the repeating. I'm not saying I've seen everything though, not by a long shot. But I haven't heard or seen much about people using that, even though I assume it is implemented too.

>>> Yes, check out Lea Verou's CSS Patterns Gallery
>>> <http://leaverou.me/css3patterns/>. Several of them use repeating
>>> gradients in the obvious way.  

I disagree that using a special version of linear-gradient to make backgrounds repeat is "the obvious" way. The obvious way to repeat backgrounds is with background-repeat. And that is what most of the ones I looked at did. 

>>> A few that use background-position
>>> instead do so for bandwidth savings, such as the blueprint grid, where
>>> it happens that you can create a repeating square grid in slightly
>>> fewer bytes by defining a two-color gradient and an explicit
>>> background-size.  (This is largely because defining stripes rather
>>> than smooth gradients is relatively verbose, as you have to write each
>>> color twice - a stripe generator is on my list of potential Images 4
>>> things.)

I see that "argyle" uses two layers of repeating-linear-gradient to do the repeats and two layers of background-repeat to do the repeating. Otherwise, most of the others I looked at used normal background properties, and I think they all use background-size. I didn't look at each and every example, but that was my impression after looking at many of them. From these examples, I would say that using normal background repeating properties is the norm, and using the mutated version of gradients to do the repeating is an unnecessary exception.
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