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Re: Gradients and background-repeat (Was: Re: Automatic spec annotations)

From: Simon Fraser <smfr@me.com>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 09:46:38 -0700
Cc: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>, www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
Message-id: <CE16465B-5813-4197-A54A-B474D148D3E8@me.com>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
On May 12, 2011, at 9:45 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:

> On Thu, May 12, 2011 at 12:47 AM, Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I wish you would stop calling it names as a means to try to defeat it. It is no more magic than looking at the information inside a JPG in order to determine what 'background-size:auto' means, or to find an intrinsic aspect ratio which then sets a width or height of an image. In this case, we'd be looking inside a CSS-generated image to determine what the background canvas rotation should be, and then limiting the rotation inside the image to zero, in a happily cooperative fashion.
> 
> I use the term magic because that's what it is - it's a property value
> tweaking the behavior of certain values of another property.  We try
> to avoid this whenever possible and keep properties orthogonal.  When
> it does happen, it's usually a property specifically designed to
> modify a particular aspect of another property in a clear way.  This
> is instead changing the behavior of a specific kind of value when it's
> used in another property.

I'm with Tab here. I'd love to see this issue put to rest.

Simon
Received on Thursday, 12 May 2011 16:47:09 GMT

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