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Re: The CSS Problem

From: François REMY <francois.remy.dev@outlook.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:17:18 +0100
Message-ID: <SNT124-DS1382866D893A3037D859A6A56C0@phx.gbl>
To: "Jens O. Meiert" <jens@meiert.com>
Cc: "CSS WG" <www-style@w3.org>
|  Authors scream “more, more” and we seem to happily deliver.
|  The web developer community, on the other hand, would benefit
|  from learning how to use, or make the best use of, CSS.

I think we both have the same reasoning up to this point.

After that, I diverge by saying we should actually introduce some new 
"generic" features to allow authors to solve themselves their problems, 
instead of forcing UAs to solve every problem by themselves. To the contrary 
of you, I believe we still miss a few tools in CSS to allow the group to 
"safely delay for a possibly long period" any author request. This includes 
CSS Custom Properties, Computed Style observers, Layout events, Staged 
Layout and Custom Shaders.

Those features are all more or less on the radar of the CSS WG, but with a 
very weak priority. To me, they seem critical if you want to stop the CSSWG 
ALL THE THINGS pattern we see now and move to the CSSWG THE BEST THINGS 
pattern.

I think that saying "we should let the authors work by themselves" while not 
giving them the tools they need for that is kinda pointless. 
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