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Re: [css4-text] A non-inherited property to control behavior of whitespace-only child boxes

From: Christoph Päper <christoph.paeper@crissov.de>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2012 12:05:32 +0200
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Tab Atkins Jr. (2012-03-29 21:30):
> On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 12:25 PM, fantasai
>>> 
>>> `white-space-collapse` instead of `text-space-collapse`.
>> 
>> That would've been ideal, but we got objections to that from the XSL:FO people, who are using the same name for something that's not quite the same.
> 
> This seems irrelevant except from a "let's all be happy and get along, with rainbows!" perspective.  XSL-FO is not used on the web.

That’s irrelevant. Either all CSS and CSS-like features (i.e. selectors, descriptors, properties and values) from W3C specifications can be used alongside each other or we need some kind of namespaces, which we already have in form of vendor prefixes.

That means if we had a spec that made something like ‘-fo-white-space-collapse’ unambiguously refer to the XSL-FO version, even if no browser implements it, the CSS WG could repurpose ‘white-space-collapse’. That would have to be true for the rest of XSL-FO, too, which in many a case would be an alias to the native, unprefixed CSS feature. Until then other WGs can claim any name they want and thereby block its use by the CSS WG. (Where “block” means they have to ensure compatibility.)
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