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[css-transforms] transform interpolation rules should operate better on their own results

From: L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:48:18 -0800
To: public-fx@frink.w3.org
Message-ID: <20140226234818.GA5390@crum.dbaron.org>
I'm sending this feedback as a result of a Mozilla bug report, filed
by an author who saw bad transform interpolation behavior:
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=977311

http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css-transforms/#interpolation-of-transforms says:

  If from- and to-transform have the same number of transform
  functions, each transform function pair has either the same name,
  or is a derivative of the same primitive.

Then http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css-transforms/#interpolation-of-transform-functions :

  The transform functions matrix(), matrix3d() and perspective() get
  converted into 4x4 matrices first and interpolated as defined in
  section Interpolation of Matrices afterwards.

This means that if you interpolate two lists that consist of:
  perspective() rotateY()
  perspective() rotateY()
you get an interpolation result that is:
  matrix3D() rotateY()

When you try to interpolate that result with another value of the form:
  perspective() rotateY()
we fall back to the "Lists don't match" path in the first quote.


This is important for reversing of partially-completed transitions.
If an author has
  div {
    transition: transform;
    transform: perspective(800px) rotateY(180deg);
  }
  #container:hover div {
    transform: perspective(800px) rotateY(300deg);
  }
then if the transition is interrupted partway through, it should
reverse the same way it came (per-function interpolation) rather
than reversing in an entirely different way (matrix interpolation
fallback).

-David

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𝄞   L. David Baron                         http://dbaron.org/   𝄂
𝄢   Mozilla                          https://www.mozilla.org/   𝄂
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