[Bug 16856] New: consider using division for negative flexibility


           Summary: consider using division for negative flexibility
           Product: CSS
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
               URL: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2012Apr/
        OS/Version: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Flexbox
        AssignedTo: jackalmage@gmail.com
        ReportedBy: alexmog@microsoft.com
         QAContact: public-css-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: dbaron@dbaron.org, alexmog@microsoft.com

(see email thread)

Currently, flexibility is always addition and subtraction, not multiplication
or division. It makes sense when stretching - when items already have the space
they wanted, they get equal share of additional space (given same flexibility).

But when shrinking, subtraction isn't really a good way of fair distribution.
It works OK with minor adjustments, but if space shortage is significant and
some items are much bigger than others, small items quickly shrink to zero (or
their min size), while big fat items may not even notice. The problem can be
mitigated by giving bigger items bigger negative flex, but it is only possible
if the author knows what will be bigger...

Shrinking should be done by *dividing* the flexible lengths proportional to
flexibility. Something like this:

    shrink-factor = sum(preferred-size / negative-flex) / available-space
    used-main-size = main-size / (shrink-factor * negative-flex)

this way, when shrinking, flex items remain proportional to their preferred

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Received on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 15:39:51 UTC