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[css3-images] 'object-fit' and used dimensions (was: 'object-fit' values 'cover' and 'contain' contain redundant definition)

From: Leif Arne Storset <lstorset@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2012 17:40:42 +0100
Cc: www-style@w3.org
To: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Message-ID: <op.was694mbtmo5g6@lastorset-aspire>
Sorry this comes right before the conf call. I'm guessing it does not have  
high priority, though.

Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com> skreiv Wed, 29 Feb 2012 17:20:59

> On Feb 29, 2012 3:11 AM, "fantasai" <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>  
> wrote:
>> I'm having trouble loading it all in my brain in order to explain it,  
>> but
>> IIRC it's sufficiently explained here:
>>  http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2011May/0638.html
> The basic issue being addressed here is that in some cases you end up  
> with unsatisfiable sets of constraints.  For one clear example,imagine  
> an image with a 1:1 aspect ratio, a specified width of 100px,
> and a min-height of 200px.
> As a general principle we treat min/max constraints as gospel, so we can
> assume that we must honor it.  We're then stuck with either violating the
> aspect ratio and making it 100x200, or violating the specified width and
> making it 200x200.
> CSS 2.1 requires the former behavior, but its desirable to allow elements
> to opt into the latter behavior. This is what the current text for
> object-fit: contain or cover does.

The object-fit text refers to both 'height' and 'width' being 'auto', so
your example is not addressed there (although it is addressed by fantasai's
2006 post). Perhaps you meant to use a max-width of 100px in your example
above, instead of width?

But I'm still not sure I understand what this paragraph is for. Perhaps it  
was intended to cover the cases mentioned in fantasai's 2006 post, but  

> I disagree with this behavior. I think it is confusing for this behavior
> switch to be hidden in object-fit. In the future when we add the
> aspect-ratio property or something similar, regular elements will want  
> this sort of behavior switch as well, and it would be completely
> inappropriate to use object-fit for them as well.
> So, I'd like to drop this aspect of the object-fit behavior, and address
> the use case in some future draft, such as whichever one ends up with the
> aspect-ratio property.

For the record, Opera's implementation is oblivious to the aspect you  
suggest dropping (and thus will be more conformant after dropping it).

(I'm withholding explicit agreement until I actually understand the  
paragraph in question, but I'll probably be in favor of dropping it. :))


> On Feb 29, 2012 3:11 AM, "fantasai" <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>  
> wrote:
>> On 02/22/2012 08:00 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
>>> On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 3:00 AM, Leif Arne Storset<lstorset@opera.com>
>>>  wrote:
>>>> Ah, didn't realize that was a rejection (rather than a postponement).
>>>> I disagree (i. e. agree that it is out of scope). You're right that  
>>>> they
>>>> are
>>>> not redundant with each other, but the first definition is redundant  
>>>> with
>>>> the now more robust CSS 2.1 section 10.4.
>>>> I can live with it, though, since it's not incorrect, and I've already
>>>> implemented and understand what it's talking about. :) I do think it  
>>>> is
>>>> very
>>>> confusing for first-time readers.
>>>> (Just now I realized that the introduction also mentions this  
>>>> behavior:
>>>> "[The property] also enables scaling a replaced element up to a  
>>>> specified
>>>> maximum size or down to a specified minimum size while preserving its
>>>> aspect
>>>> ratio.". That should also have been deleted in my change proposal.)
>>>> If you do keep it (and it's not too late in the process for editorial
>>>> changes!), I would suggest adding a reference to CSS 2.1 section 10.4,
>>>> where
>>>> element sizing is defined more explicitly. That way, first-time  
>>>> readers
>>>> will
>>>> get that this part of the definition deals with something different  
>>>> than
>>>> the
>>>> other part. Such as:
>>>> | 'contain'
>>>> …
>>>> | This will proportionally scale the used width and height up to the
>>>> | given maximum constraints.
>>>> + (See [CSS21] section 10.4 for more information on min/max  
>>>> constraints.)
>>>> |
>>>> | Set the concrete object size to the largest width and height that  
>>>> has
>>>> …
>>>> and similarly for 'cover'.
>>> Fantasai, since you're the one of us who argued for this behavior, can
>>> you confirm whether or not Leif is right, and the statement in Images
>>> is redundant with the text from 2.1?  The special behavior implied by
>>> those values was subtle enough that I didn't catch it until you
>>> pointed it out, so I'm not confident whether I'll correctly recognize
>>> what 2.1 says on the matter either.
>> I'm having trouble loading it all in my brain in order to explain it,  
>> but
>> IIRC it's sufficiently explained here:
>>  http://lists.w3.org/Archives/**Public/www-style/2011May/0638.**html<http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2011May/0638.html>
>> ~fantasai

Leif Arne Storset
Core Technology Developer, Opera Software
Oslo, Norway
Received on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 16:41:20 UTC

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