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Re: [CSS-transforms] rotate(<angle>[, <translation-value>, <translation-value>])

From: Dirk Schulze <dschulze@adobe.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 10:06:36 -0800
To: Chris Marrin <cmarrin@apple.com>
CC: Aryeh Gregor <ayg@aryeh.name>, Rik Cabanier <cabanier@gmail.com>, "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>, www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <8FE6952B-5F53-47F3-9B6F-F562C4894CB6@adobe.com>
I really don't understand the problem here? The default values for the optional arguments are 0,0. So if a developer wants to animate to (45deg, 10px, 10px), why would he expect that the rotation is around 10px,10px? If he would expect that, he would specify the 'from' as well.

The same for translate

 from{ transform: none}
 to{ transform: translate(20px,20px); }

Why should the author expect that the animation starts from (0, 20px), just because he took none for 'from'? The default is (0,0). Same for scale where the second argument is 1, for skew it is 0. Why should authors expect that the optional arguments for 'none' are the same like specified for 'to'?


On Feb 17, 2012, at 9:52 AM, Chris Marrin wrote:

> On Feb 17, 2012, at 7:59 AM, Aryeh Gregor wrote:
>> On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 5:14 PM, Dirk Schulze <dschulze@adobe.com> wrote:
>>> Well, the initial value would be rotate(0,0,0). Therefore no. If you want to
>>> always have the animation around (10,10) , you would need to define it in
>>> 'from'.
>> I suggest that if the extra two arguments are left in the spec (which
>> I'm still not a fan of), an extra special case be added to the
>> transitions part so that it works as expected.  Transitioning from
>> 'none' to rotate3d(0, 0, 1, 45deg) rotates only around the z-axis as
>> expected, and transitioning a color from green to transparent
>> shouldn't make it black in between even though you're technically
>> going from rgba(0, 128, 0, 1) to rgba(0, 0, 0, 0).  Likewise,
>> transitioning from none to rotate(45deg, 10px, 10px) should be treated
>> like transitioning from rotate(0deg, 10px, 10px).  Anything else is
>> not expected, IMO.
> And that, I think, is the problem with having origin parameters in the rotate function. In rotate3d, the axis and angle are inseparable. You need both to have a complete description of a rotation. That's not the case for the origin parameters in the rotate() function. rotate(45deg, 10px, 20px) is simply shorthand for translate(10px, 20px) rotate(45deg) translate(-10px, -20px). If I transitioned from none to translate(10px, 20px), I'd start at 0,0. Special casing the translation values embedded in the rotate function seems strange.
> -----
> ~Chris
> cmarrin@apple.com
Received on Friday, 17 February 2012 18:07:08 UTC

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