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Re: [css3-flexbox] axis/direction terminology

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 11:29:12 -0700
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDB_+Hq8X5YcwBQkhY=eEdxbsN7K7-8WiQmgAoWFh-YDGg@mail.gmail.com>
To: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
On Sun, Jul 24, 2011 at 10:32 AM, L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org> wrote:
> http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css3-flexbox/#flex-direction says:
>  # In the rest of this specification, the direction in which new
>  # flexbox items are laid out will be referred to as the measure
>  # direction (if a precise direction is required) or the measure
>  # axis (if only the axis orientiation is required).
>  #
>  # The axis perpendicular to the ‘measure axis’ will be refered to
>  # as the length axis, with the length direction being either a
>  # line extending from the ‘before’ side of the flexbox to the
>  # ‘after’ side, or from the ‘start’ side of the flexbox to the
>  # ‘end’ side, whichever would produce a direction parallel to the
>  # ‘length axis’.
> I find these terms quite confusing:  particularly "length axis",
> which seems like it should be the main one.

I was copying Writing Modes terminology.  ("length" has subsequently
changed to "extent" in Writing Modes at my request.)

> I'd propose instead the terms "main direction/axis" and "cross
> direction/axis".

Sounds good!

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