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Re: [css3-layout] New JavaScript implementation for Template Layout ?Module

From: Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2009 18:42:41 +0200
Message-ID: <49F48F01.2010900@w3.org>
To: www-style@w3.org
Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 7:53 AM, Alexis Deveria <adeveria@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Thanks! Yeah, the multiple element support was a little tricky to deal
>> with. Since I didn't want to modify the DOM structure, the script
>> doesn't create a parent container for multiple elements. Thus, the
>> slot isn't stretched when it actually should be. I'm sure the current
>> behavior can be improved upon though, so thanks for mentioning that.
> Ah, k.  I brought it up, actually, because my reading of the spec
> suggests that the stretching should *not* occur.  An example or two
> implies it in the suggested rendering, but it doesn't seem to be
> expressed anywhere in the actual rules.  I believe they should act in
> every way like ordinary elements placed into an invisible container.
> Bert would probably know a bit better about it than I, though.  ^_^

The intention is that each non-empty slot contains one anonymous block 
element that in turn contains all the elements for that slot. All those 
elements contribute to the calculation of the height of the anonymous 
block, in a way similar to (hopefully exactly the same as) the height 
calculation for "block formatting contexts" in CSS2.

That anonymous block is then placed in the slot at a position determined 
by the 'vertical-align' property of the slot: top, middle, bottom or 

There is no notion of elements being stretched anymore in the latest draft.

The idea of stretching elements was inspired by a possible extension to 
'vertical-align': elements could be "distributed" vertically over the 
available height, similar to how words are distributed horizontally over 
a justified line. However, this theoretical possiblility seems of little 
practical value, and would moreover interact badly with collapsing 
margins. To vertically distribute elements, it seems better to use a 
template with alternating rows of content and rows of whitespace ('.').

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