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[css-masking] 'mask' with resource and image references (was: [css4-images] support for SVG Paint Servers without element())

From: Dirk Schulze <dschulze@adobe.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:14:51 -0700
To: "robert@ocallahan.org" <robert@ocallahan.org>, "www-style@w3.org list" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <750112D7-808F-461C-AC65-FBDC6386202A@adobe.com>
Hi Robert,

On Oct 23, 2012, at 2:17 PM, Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org> wrote:

> The code paths to load an SVG document as an image and an SVG document to provide an external resource such as a paint server are quite different, in Gecko at least. We need to know when we start loading the document which situation we're in. With your syntax, we can't know until the document is loaded. We use the presence of element() to signal that we're in the external resource situation.

As discussed in the previous thread, the 'mask' property[1] does reference the mask resource as well as images, which would lead into the same problem for Gecko.

I can't say if WebKit will run into the same situation as well. Maybe. The 'mask' property with image processing is prefixed on WebKit. So WebKit will continue to support -webkit-mask as it does right now. But the unprefixed property may do something different.

A solution can be that we split the 'mask' property again. The 'mask' property will use resource referencing and another property, with a different name, will be the shorthand for the 'mask-image' properties. I am unsure how this property could be named.

I added an issue to the spec for now and am open for suggestions.

Greetings,
Dirk

[1] http://dvcs.w3.org/hg/FXTF/raw-file/tip/masking/index.html#mask-property
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