[Bug 17152] Support centering an element when scrolling into view.


--- Comment #8 from Thaddee TYL <thaddee.tyl@gmail.com> ---
(In reply to Simon Pieters from comment #7)
> Would the following additions satisfy your use cases?
> * Ability to center in the block direction (vertically for top-to-bottom)

I am not sure what the block direction is. If it is about writing systems, both
axes are necessary for my use case. Centering horizontally is useful for
context; for instance, on a long line that you need to scroll horizontally to
see, search should center terms horizontally.

> * The "evenIfViewed" thing (how about calling it "force"?)

I agree that would be useful. I picked the name "evenIfViewed" partly based on
WebKit's "scrollIntoViewIfNeeded" and partly based on an attempt at

> That is, are there use cases for aligning in the inline direction?

Do you mean left-to-right? The use-case for left-to-right is the same as that
for top-to-bottom, when dealing with a webpage that can be scrolled
left-to-right. Searching for terms in a page should center things horizontally
as well.

> Are there use cases for aligning on the physical axes instead of the logical
> axes?

I am not sure I understand the difference between physical axes and logical
axes. At any rate, I believe all developers would understand vertical and

> Are there use cases for aligning to arbitrary values 0..1 instead of just
> start/center/end?

Providing a value from 0 to 1 allows webpages to specify exactly how much
context they want to give. For instance, when scrolling to a graph embedded in
a textual document, we would want to have the top of the graph roughly at the
top, but we may want to show a piece of the text that introduces the graph to
the reader.

In any case, scrolling a graph into view and having its top appear exactly at
the top is ugly, and having its top appear exactly in the middle of the
viewport is equally ugly (the majority of the viewport should be dedicated to
the graph).

Also, I have seen cases where that percentage was used as a way to visually
know where we are in a larger picture, specifically when zooming in in
rectangular maps. When searching a spot on the map, that spot appears on the
viewport such that its distance to the top and the left of the viewport
reflects, by proportionality, the distance of the viewport itself to the edges
of the map.

PS: based on the feedback about graphs in text, specifying whether what we want
to scroll into view is the top, bottom, left, right, or center of the element
can be seen as valuable. However, those are not expressive tools to the
programmer who might want to center around the top left instead. Using
percentages (as values between 0 and 1) for both horizontal and vertical covers
all those possibilities and more, and it isn't much harder to implement.

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Received on Thursday, 18 September 2014 20:40:13 UTC