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Re: [css-variables] $ for declaration? (not a variable on the left)

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 14:46:38 -0700
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDAA-mKBDq6_h7DrSCdtHn8EzVEmkvBLPLfS+EoCr3phRg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Brian Kardell <bkardell@gmail.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
On Fri, May 25, 2012 at 2:22 PM, Brian Kardell <bkardell@gmail.com> wrote:
> Apologies if this is dense...  I'm just wondering if some can explain
> why having usage and reference match is desirable?  Tab has said
> several times that he wanted it to match and some other at w3c did
> too... Ok, I can respect that I, but can someone explain why it is
> desirable?  It's non-obvious to me.
>
> Several people (myself included) have raised all kinds of contentions,
> some debated and deemed invalid and some not.  I posted some thoughts
> advocating why not [1] but that thread quickly went downhill as $ on
> the left making some people assume that either: a) that was a variable
> reference (it wasn't) or b) not being able to have a variable
> reference on the left was a bad idea (I think it isn't) and therefore
> an argument against $ for declaration (I don't think it is, but the
> confusion that ensued might be).
>
> I'm definitely not saying it is _wrong_ or anything, just that I can
> only reasons that it doesn't seem desirable right now... Can someone
> share the reasons it is?

Because then it's nice and easy to see the relationship, and because,
in general, languages use the same syntax for setting and using
variables.

~TJ
Received on Friday, 25 May 2012 21:47:27 GMT

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