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Re: [css3-flexbox] absolutely positioned flex item should not have side effect on space distribution

From: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:25:44 -0700
Message-Id: <60644CB4-394F-474D-8EE5-C4818BDE36C8@gmail.com>
Cc: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
To: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
On Jul 18, 2012, at 10:33 AM, fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net> wrote:

> On 07/18/2012 12:03 PM, Brad Kemper wrote:
>> On Jul 18, 2012, at 7:44 AM, "Kang-Hao (Kenny) Lu"<kennyluck@csail.mit.edu>  wrote:
>>> (12/07/12 0:33), Alex Mogilevsky wrote:
>>>> It is possible to define it that way, it was that way at some point.
>>>> However there are some non-trivial details to be defined, the
>>>> position in the middle of the space seems as random as any other, it
>>>> is more complicated to implement, all for the benefit of something
>>>> that nobody could come up with a sensible use case for.
>>> Do we have use cases for the 'auto' location of a absolutely positioned
>>> flex item then? And what are they?
>> Well, for non-flex situations, I sometimes create display-when-parent-is-hovered absolutely positioned help bubbles. They are often at the right side of the containing block, by using 'right:100%', but vertically positioned relative to the parent element (such as a one line, static-positioned block) by using 'top:auto; bottom:auto'. So, I could imagine the usefulness of doing something similar inside a flex box.
> But wouldn't you want to place the abspos *inside* the flex item
> in those cases, rather than before or after it?

Sometimes, but probably not always. If it was a tooltip to appear above or to the right of the individual flex item, then yes. But not if it was something for say, a whole horizontal line of a toolbar and the popup help bubble said something like, "these are your tools. Choose one." or whatever.
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