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

From: Lea Verou via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2020 02:49:36 +0000
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Iā€™m also strongly against adding Ļ†/phi for the following reasons:

1. It has been [thoroughly debunked](https://www.fastcompany.com/3044877/the-golden-ratio-designs-biggest-myth) that the golden ratio actually makes visual design more aesthetic. A quick google search reveals numerous articles on the subject. *Asymmetry* is visually aesthetic, and phi is just one way to reach a good ratio, but actually human experiments show that humans gravitate towards ratios slightly different than phi when asked to evaluate designs.
2. As has been pointed out even by OP himself, it can easily calculated with the current math functions we have. You can set a `--phi` variable with that and use it wherever. We cannot add every conceivable math constant to CSS.
3. We add things based on *use cases*. In this case, if phi was a good candidate for addition, we would be seeing lots of stylesheets using variables for it, either native CSS variables (`--phi`) or preprocessor variables (`$phi`). I don't recall ever seeing this, not even once.

I personally don't think this warrants telcon time, but based on this thread, it looks like there's WG consensus against adding it, so I suspect it's going to be a short discussion anyway, so eh. šŸ¤·šŸ½ā€ā™€ļø

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