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Re: [CSS3] Some thoughts about functions, notation and gradient().

From: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 10:01:17 -0700
Cc: Andrew Fedoniouk <news@terrainformatica.com>, www-style <www-style@w3.org>
Message-Id: <2EB24CAE-F8BD-48BB-A41C-B081E5764283@gmail.com>
To: Simon Fraser <smfr@me.com>

On Aug 20, 2009, at 9:11 AM, Simon Fraser wrote:

> On Aug 19, 2009, at 9:19 AM, Andrew Fedoniouk wrote:
>> Brad Kemper wrote:
>>> On Aug 18, 2009, at 11:28 PM, Andrew Fedoniouk wrote:
>>>> background-color: linear-gradient(
>>>>                    start:0% 0%,
>>>>                    stop: 100% 100%,
>>>>                    color-stop: 0% white,
>>>>                    color-stop: 50% red ,
>>>>                    color-stop: 100% blue );
>>> I think that is way too verbose.
>> But human readable and machine parse-able.
>> Proposed syntaxes I've seen so far in linear-gradient() are
>> not readable (that is subjective of course) and not
>> unambiguously parseable.
>> That use of '/' as a some kind of separator with absolutely non-clear
>> grammatic nature is very bad.
> I'm strongly in favor of the more verbose, but much more human- 
> readable form above. Compared to that, the current suggestions, like:
> linear-gradient(30px center / 50% / green -50%, wheat -30%, wheat  
> 30%, green 50%)
> seem like complete voodoo.

I agree with not liking that vooodoo.

> In these days of auto-completing editors and authoring tools,  
> conciseness isn't necessarily the primary concern. I'm much rather  
> have a syntax that I can type without having to look it up, and can  
> quickly visually scan without having to count slashes.
> This gradient discussion has gone on a long time, and it feels like  
> there's is premature convergence onto a very non human-friendly  
> syntax. It's time to step back, summarize the conversation, and boil  
> the proposals down to a few contenders.

A lot of what you are calling non-human-friendly is from adding extra  
gewgaws for edge cases. But Andrew's example doesn't handle any of  
those (and doesn't even indicate direction of the gradient), and  
should be compared instead to the simplest form of what we are  
converging around:

background-color: linear-gradient(top /  white, red, blue );

That to me is both concise and clear, and doesn't involve counting  
slashes or looking things up. It says simply, start the gradient at  
the top and then evenly space three color stops from there until the  
end of the box. I think it is not only easier to write, but easier to  
read. And if you don't want evenly spaced color-stops, then you can  
add distances and/or percentages, and it is still very easy to read  
and understand:

background-color: linear-gradient(top /  white 30px,  red 40%, blue  
80% );

That simply says, start the gradient at the top, with the three color  
stops located at points from there until the end of the box positioned  
first (white) at 30px from the start, then the red at 40% of the box  
height, and the blue at 80% of box height. It's still very simple.
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