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Re: [css4-image] element() comments

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 09:11:28 +1300
Message-ID: <CAOp6jLYtC_+VDh7KMo25yERb3-nscEzLmPLMQPODmRi+N5DnJA@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Cc: www-style <www-style@w3.org>, Nicholas Cameron <ncameron@mozilla.com>
On Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 6:34 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 2:06 PM, Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
> wrote:
> > http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css-images/#element-notation
> >>
> >> The function represents an image with its intrinsic size equal to the
> >> decorated bounding box of the referenced element
> >
> >
> > Giving element() an intrinsic size is actually super bad. It creates
> almost
> > arbitrarily bad circular layout dependencies; e.g. any <li> element's
> size
> > can now depend on the size of any other element in the document!
> Detecting
> > and fixing the circularity isn't easy either, because you can combine
> this
> > with existing dependencies to create cycles in all kinds of ways. Since
> this
> > is mostly useless anyway, I propose specifying that element()s have no
> > intrinsic dimensions at all.
>
> Unless I'm misunderstanding, the spec is describing Mozilla's current
> behavior.  This is illustrated by the first example in
> <https://hacks.mozilla.org/2010/08/mozelement/> (the one with white
> text on an orange background), and a few others in that page.
>

Good point. Our implementation doesn't support list-style-image:element()
yet, and so element() intrinsic size currently can't affect layout in
Gecko. But we're adding that now and hitting this problem. So either we add
a parameter to the object-sizing algorithm to distinguish between the cases
where object sizing can affect layout and those where it can't, or we
change our behavior. I prefer the latter since object sizing is already too
complex for my taste.

Rob
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