# [css3-flexbox] sign bug in the algo

```Math written in prose tends to be confusing, so maybe I am missing
something, but I think there is an error in the algorithm section "9.7.
Resolving Flexible Lengths"

"If the free space is negative
For every item on the line, multiply its flex shrink ratio by its outer
flex base size, and note this as its scaled flex shrink ratio. Find the
ratio of the item's scaled flex shrink ratio to the sum of the scaled flex
shrink ratios of all items on the line. Set the item's main size to its
flex base size minus a fraction of the free space proportional to the
ratio."

If the free space is negative, a fraction of the free space proportional
to the ratio is negative too, since the ratio is positive. So flex base
size minus some negative thing would give a main size larger than the base
size, which can't be right when you have negative free space.

So, unless I missed something somewhere, I suggest replacing the last
sentence of the paragraph quoted with either of the following 2 proposals:

"Set the item's main size to its flex base size minus a fraction of the
absolute value of the free space proportional to the ratio."

or

"Set the item's main size to its flex base size plus a fraction of the
free space proportional to the ratio."

- Florian
```

Received on Thursday, 5 July 2012 13:18:56 UTC