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Re: [csswg-drafts] [css-inline] better name for initial-letters property

From: Daniel Tonon via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2018 22:12:40 +0000
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@AmeliaBR 
> Unless the plan is to extend this property to apply beyond first child or first pseudo-element in a block, I think it is useful to preserve the initial- (or initials-) prefix for the properties.

What's to say that this isn't a possibility in the future?

Remember how we started off with `grid-gap` but then everyone said that they wanted `grid-gap` in flexbox? The name `grid-gap` didn't make sense in flexbox though so it was changed to just `gap`.

That was a mess that we would have preferred to avoid.

Naming a property based on what restrictions the _current_ spec has on it isn't future proofing the property. If we want to extend this functionality to floated images (something I can definitely see happening one day) we want a more generic property that will still make sense in that context.

That being said I **LOVE** the idea of `line-span` as the new name.

- It does exactly what you think it does
- we already have the `line` term in `line-height` and "line" means the same thing in both of them so I don't think it is going to get confused for anything
- `span` is the perfect term for how it behaves since it aligns with how we think of `span` in CSS Grid
- it is abstract enough to be used on anything if the spec changes in the future to alow it to be used in more contexts
- you don't need any graphic design hystory knowledge to understand the naming of the term
- it is easily translated into other languages

I definitely 100% vote for `line-span` as the new property name. ❤

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