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Re: Box Reordering

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 21:39:54 -0400
Message-ID: <4BFB2A6A.7020503@mit.edu>
To: Alex Mogilevsky <alexmog@microsoft.com>
CC: James Robinson <jamesr@chromium.org>, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
On 5/24/10 9:24 PM, Alex Mogilevsky wrote:
> I predict that somebody will fill a Flexbox with thousands of items and
> then use box-ordinal-group for sorting, and expect reasonable
> performance. Then Flexbox layout not only needs a secondary storage for
> child order and quicksort. Neither is rocket science, but if it needs to
> be there it really should have a strong reason.

Fwiw.... the Gecko implementation is somewhat as you described, and it's 
not good enough for this use case if the DOM is being mutated and you 
have to resort.  Quicksort is typically O(N log N) or worse on 
nearlt-sorted data, so you get overall O(N^2 log N) behavior unless you 
add yet more complexity and sort lazily, etc.

The complexity is the real issue.  The non-flexbox box model is already 
complicated enough that defining how this new feature would interact 
with all the kitchen sinks already tossed in (and then implementing it) 
would be a major undertaking.  It doesn't obviously seem worth it.

Received on Tuesday, 25 May 2010 01:40:30 UTC

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