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positioning and sizing an element relatively to any other element

From: Daniel Glazman <daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 14:54:51 +0100
Message-ID: <4BA0DF2B.8050701@disruptive-innovations.com>
To: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Max Kanat-Alexander has written "Dear CSS", an article [1] advocating
for better positioning and sizing, in particular for positioning and
sizing of any element relatively to any other element.
This is something I have been myself calling for for ages. I even wrote
back in december 2002 a proposal [2] to extend current CSS positioning.
Another extension to arbitrary reference elements could be done using
selectors on the right hand-side of declarations (private joke for CSS
dinosaurs: 19 strikes back again!!!!).

Warning, I am not saying this has no impact on the layout and can easily
done w/o effect on the progressive rendering. I'm only saying

   (a) this seems to me a natural progress of CSS towards a better layout
   (b) that would help Web authors/designers solve sooo many problems
       that require complexity and/or hacks today
   (c) Amaya and grif before it already did it with the P language...

[1] http://avatraxiom.livejournal.com/101850.html
[2] http://daniel.glazman.free.fr/weblog/position__new.html

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