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Re: Sticky Positioning

From: Edward O'Connor <eoconnor@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:32:13 -0700
To: www-style@w3.org
Message-id: <m2sjdgmzj6.fsf@eoconnor.apple.com>
Hi Ojan,

You wrote:

> Great use-case. Something long-overdue for CSS to address.


> Some other related use-cases:
> 1. positioning an element with respect to another element (e.g. a rich
>    tooltip or formatting bar) without exceeding the bounds of the
>    viewport.

It's not clear to me that this is related to sticky positioning.

> 2. sticking an element to a boundary other than the viewport

This is partly-related, in that I think we want stickiness to happen
per-axis, and for it to happen with regard to the nearest ancestor with
a computed 'overflow' value that isn't 'visible'. Consider a very wide
table with a constrained width and overflow-x: scroll. I might still
want the heading row in its <thead> to stick to the viewport, but I
probably want the column headers to stick to the table.

That said, arbitrarily positioning an element to an arbitrary boundary
doesn't seem to be related to stickiness.

> I think http://www.xanthir.com/blog/b48H0 addresses the same problem
> more generally.

The solution in Tab's blog post solves ALL THE PROBLEMS; it is
essentially a Grand Unified Theory for positioning. Which is
interesting, and definitely worth pursuing. But just because we *could*
describe a positioning value in terms of such a Grand Unified Theory
doesn't mean that we shouldn't make incremental improvements to the
platform now, and add such generalized features later when they're more

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