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Re: Behaviour of getComputedStyle with box-sizing: border-box

From: Mike Sherov <mike.sherov@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 20:30:42 -0400
Message-ID: <CAD1Dv_+k3uBsvZHfet4x+CP70j2n3MG5+99YBEQNG8UETSuF2w@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-style@w3.org
>> On Thu, 16 Jun 2011 06:09:46 +0200, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu> wrote:
>> Or to put this in testcase terms:
>>    <style>
>>      body { width: 200px; }
>>      div { width: auto; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 10px; }
>>    </style>
>>    <body><div></div></body>
>> The question is whether getComputedStyle for 'width' on the div should
>> return 180px or 200px (neither of which is the CSS 2.1 computed value;
>> the former is the used width and the latter is what would work for
>> round-tripping).
> Per the specification that should be 180px. Not sure it is worth special
> casing box-sizing.
> http://dev.w3.org/csswg/cssom/#dom-window-getcomputedstyle
> http://dev.w3.org/csswg/cssom/#resolved-value
>> Note also https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=520992 (which
>> seems to be the only Gecko bug report related to this I've found).
>> -Boris

I know this is raising an old issue, but it seems as if the resolved value
(which is used by getComputedStyle) for width should return a
round-trippable value. In fact, I believe that implicit in the definition
of resolved value is the concept that the value should be round-trippable.
In the case of width, it gets a bit weird, because the meaning of width
changes based on box-sizing. What's more is that all browsers save for
Firefox currently implement the round-trippable value.

This issue can be resolved in 1 of 2 ways:
1. special case width for box-sizing, as Anne previously said "not sure it
is worth special casing".
2. add a requirement to "resolved values" that specifies a resolved value
as being round-trippable.

I haven't done any research to this besides the the firefox bug linked
above, and the jQuery ticket I'm working on that inspired me to write this
email:  http://bugs.jquery.com/ticket/11004 . I've opened a  ticket in
hopes to get this addressed:

I welcome any and all feedback.

Mike Sherov
Lead Developer
SNAP Interactive, Inc.
Ticker: STVI.OB
Received on Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:31:30 UTC

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