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Re: CSS Regions considered harmful

From: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:40:43 +0100
Message-ID: <21226.7707.745265.20051@gargle.gargle.HOWL>
To: "Edward O'Connor" <eoconnor@apple.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Edward O'Connor wrote:

 > > My primary point is that we should not abuse HTML tags as this is
 > > harmful to web semantics. That's problems #1
 > 
 > Agreed.

Good.

 > > and it should, alone, be enough to stop the [CSS Regions]
 > > specification from progressing.
 > 
 > Disagreed. Regions currently relies on dummy elements because the WG has
 > not made progress on defining features for explicitly creating boxes in
 > CSS. Once we have such features, content can be flowed into them with
 > the properties defined in CSS Regions.

It shouldn't be hard to make progress on this issue. Here are two
specifications that define boxes in a CSS syntax:

  http://www.idpf.org/epub/pgt/
  http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css-page-template/

 > Instead of applying stop energy to a spec that defines necessary
 > features (how to flow content through boxes of different sizes), we
 > should instead prioritize making progress on defining new box creation
 > mechanisms so that authors won't have to resort to dummy elements.

That would be good.

-h&kon
              Håkon Wium Lie                          CTO °þe®ª
howcome@opera.com                  http://people.opera.com/howcome
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