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Re: [css3-intrinsic-sizing] sizing percentage width content in quirks mode

From: L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2012 15:03:30 -0700
To: Ojan Vafai <ojan@chromium.org>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <20120808220330.GA14428@crum.dbaron.org>
On Wednesday 2012-08-08 14:25 -0700, Ojan Vafai wrote:
> Before I start fixing bugs, what should we do in these cases? It seems to
> me that respecting min-content/max-content is a no-brainer.

I presume you're talking about respecting
width:min-content/max-content on an element E when computing one of
the intrinsic widths of E's parent P.

> Should we also
> respect percentage widths, fill-available and fit-content which depend on
> the available width? It's certainly what I would expect as a web developer.
> I'm not sure if we can safely change percentages without breaking existing
> sites though.

I don't think respecting 'fill-available' and 'fit-content' requires
any change; the correct behavior is, I think, exactly the same as
for 'auto', for both intrinsic widths.  (The correct behavior of a
preferred intrinsic width is either (a) to have no optional breaks
or (b) to take up as much width as can be usefully occupied.  The
correct behavior of a minimum intrinsic width is to find the
smallest width that doesn't lead to overflow that could be avoided
by choosing a larger width.)

For percentages, we could honor percentages by multiplying the
relevant intrinsic width of E by the reciprocal of the percentage to
find its contribution to the intrinsic width of the parent.  This
would produce the correct behavior as described above, but I don't
think it's Web-compatible with respect to the 'width' property,
outside of a table context (where percent widths on cells do,
interoperably, behave this way).  Gecko does do this behavior for
the preferred intrinsic width, for percentage margin and padding
(where the formula is different, since it requires multiplying the
non-percentage part by the reciprocal of 1 minus the sum of the
percents).

-David

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