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Re: [css3-values] Physical length units

From: Lea Verou <leaverou@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 20:06:23 +0200
Message-ID: <4F413A1F.2000609@gmail.com>
To: Matthew Wilcox <elvendil@gmail.com>
CC: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>, www-style@w3.org
On 19/2/12 19:49, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> I'm sure it has, and I don't expect anything to change with regard to
> this - decisions have already been made and CSS has a history it's
> going to maintain. I still don't like the result.
>
> I don't see CSS development to be sustainable in the long term without
> the ability to author to a specified version. These "we can't do that
> because it breaks backward compatibility" things will eventually be
> one of the main causes for replacement technologies.
>
> I'm with Chris Epstein and co; CSS is the worst aspect of the web
> medium: http://infrequently.org/2012/02/misdirection/

I think it would be more productive if someone compiled a list of all 
these things where almost everyone agrees they should be different, but 
we can't do it due to backwards compatibility reasons. Ideally with 
pointers to the relevant www-style discussions.

This would be very useful as part of the csswg wiki too, for two reasons:

a) It would give everyone a better sight of the big picture as to 
whether a version switch is really needed.
b) It would be a place we could point newcomers to, in order to avoid 
discussing the same issues over and over again.

Given Matt's passion, I think he would want to help with a draft version 
of that list and a CSS WG member could take it from there.

-- 
Lea Verou (http://lea.verou.me | @LeaVerou)
Received on Sunday, 19 February 2012 18:06:57 GMT

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