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Re: [css-variables][naming] Renaming 'var'

From: Sylvain Galineau <galineau@adobe.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:38:10 -0700
To: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
CC: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <CD8F5634.23A0%galineau@adobe.com>


On 4/13/13 5:06 PM, "Bjoern Hoehrmann" <derhoermi@gmx.net> wrote:

>* Sylvain Galineau wrote:
>>On 4/13/13 3:57 PM, "Bjoern Hoehrmann" <derhoermi@gmx.net> wrote:
>>>* fantasai wrote:
>>>>So, at Rename the Web Forward [1], Sylvain and I concluded that it
>>>>just might be better to use 'set-' as the prefix and 'get()' as the
>>>>function name instead of 'var-' and 'var()'.
>
>>>Well, `get` and `set` as used here are imperative, while CSS tries to be
>>>a declarative language, so this seems rather confusing to me.
>
>>What, specifically, would an end-user be confused about and how would
>>this
>>confusion manifest itself?
>
>The `var-` prefix exists only because a namespacing mechanism is needed
>to avoid clashes between pre-defined and author-defined properties. The
>`set-` prefix conveys that even less than `var-`. We call `color: blue`
>a declaration, but `set` does not "declare", it "sets"; obviously there
>would be a reason why the designers of this syntax chose "set" as name,
>rather than something with more declarative semantics, so custom proper-
>ties work differently than normal properties. Obviously `get` would get
>the value associated with the name when it was last `set`, and "when" is
>temporal, so in order to understand what value `get` retrieves, I have
>to understand the execution order of the `set` instructions...
>--

This sounds like a lot of overthinking that will not even occur to most
web developers.
Received on Sunday, 14 April 2013 01:38:38 UTC

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