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Re: [csswg-drafts] [css-values] Math Constant phi for Golden Ratio (#4702)

From: Tab Atkins Jr. via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2020 18:04:21 +0000
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> How is this work to be done – possibly introducing mistakes – by every single author more reasonable than making a predefined constant available to all authors?

It's not, because *very few authors try to use the golden ratio in their work*. Because, of course, the "golden ratio is more harmonious/beautiful" is numerology nonsense, and it really is just "rectangles often look good when they have a roughly 3:2 ratio", and 1.6:1 is approximately that ratio.

I'm saying that, *for the subset of authors* that do want to use the golden ratio in their work and want a highly accurate value, just using `1.618` is sufficient (it has an error of approximately 0.2% from the true value). That subset is very small to begin with, and I'd be willing to bet a good amount that nearly all of those people don't need a highly accurate value anyway, *as the GRT website, a design framework explicitly basically around the golden ratio, shows*, since they round their values to the nearest pixel and in many cases are less accurate than *1.6*.

> Please, just get a WG resolution on this.


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