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Re: [CSS21] Section 11.1 Overflow visible and "may": editorial improvements

From: Anton Prowse <prowse@moonhenge.net>
Date: Sun, 20 May 2012 19:15:22 +0200
Message-ID: <4FB926AA.4080602@moonhenge.net>
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On 11/03/2012 02:57, "Gérard Talbot" wrote:
> Hello,
>
> Current text:
> {
> Generally, the content of a block box is confined to the content edges of
> the box. In certain cases, a box may overflow, meaning its content lies
> partly or entirely outside of the box
> }
> Overflow: 11.1
> http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/visufx.html#overflow-clipping
>
> Proposed replacement:
> {
> Generally, the content of a block box is confined to the content edges of
> the box. In certain cases, a box overflows, meaning its content lies
> partly or entirely outside of the box
> }
>
> s/box may overflow/box overflows
>
>
> {
> visible
>      This value indicates that content is not clipped, i.e., it may be
> rendered outside the block box.
> }
> Overflow 11.1.1
> http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/visufx.html#overflow
>
>
> {
> visible
>      This value indicates that content is not clipped, i.e., it can be
> rendered outside the block box.
> }
>
> s/it may be/it can be
>
> otherwise, add "<a href="x0">in some cases</a>, it will render outside the
> block box.".
>
> "May" has a special meaning in the spec. I think the spec should avoid
> using a "may" in those 2 sentences, otherwise it looks like, it suggests
> that 'overflow: visible' is optional and not required by user agents for
> compliance with the spec.

I propose we don't make changes here in CSS21.  Given the general tone 
of the spec, I don't think there's any real possibility of confusion 
(and I think changing "may" to "can" merely changes the problem instead 
of fixing it).

Cheers,
Anton Prowse
http://dev.moonhenge.net
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