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[csswg-drafts] [css-cascade][cssom] Issues with legacy name alias (#4839)

From: Simon Pieters via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2020 09:55:21 +0000
To: public-css-archive@w3.org
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zcorpan has just created a new issue for https://github.com/w3c/csswg-drafts:

== [css-cascade][cssom] Issues with legacy name alias ==
https://drafts.csswg.org/css-cascade-4/#legacy-name-alias

> legacy name aliases
> When the old property’s syntax is identical to **or a subset of the value space of** the new property’s syntax, the two names are aliased with an operation on par with case-mapping: at parse time, the old property is converted into the new property. This conversion also applies in the CSSOM, both for string arguments and property accessors: requests for the old property name transparently transfer to the new property name instead.

Which property, if any, uses a subset of the value space?

As far as I can tell, the only uses of the "legacy name alias" concept are `-webkit-appearance`  and `word-wrap` , neither of which are specified as having a subset of the value space of the new property's syntax.

```
$ git grep "legacy name alias"
css-cascade-4/Overview.bs:              <dt><dfn lt="legacy name alias">legacy name aliases</dfn>
css-cascade-4/Overview.bs:                              <css>old-name</css> is a <a>legacy name alias</a> for <css>new-name</css>,
css-text-3/Overview.bs:    <p>For legacy reasons, UAs must treat 'word-wrap' as an [=legacy name alias=]
css-ui-4/Overview.bs:as a [=legacy name alias=] of 'appearance'.
```

https://compat.spec.whatwg.org/ doesn't reference this concept, but it probably should. `-webkit-linear-gradient()` and friends aren't simple aliases, but also aren't subsets. How is this handled in serialization?

The definition of legacy name alias also monkey patches CSSOM. I think it should be defined in the relevant algorithms in CSSOM, like https://drafts.csswg.org/cssom-1/#dom-cssstyledeclaration-getpropertyvalue and https://drafts.csswg.org/cssom-1/#dom-cssstyledeclaration-setproperty

cc @emilio @tkent-google @tabatkins @miketaylr

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