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Re: [css3-flexbox] implied flex-itemness of inline replaced elements

From: Anton Prowse <prowse@moonhenge.net>
Date: Mon, 07 May 2012 21:25:13 +0200
Message-ID: <4FA82199.6070306@moonhenge.net>
To: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
CC: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
On 07/05/2012 08:41, fantasai wrote:
> The current spec says that an anonymous flex item is wrapped
> around all non-atomic inline content; and that atomic inlines
> become flex items on their own. This means that 'display: inline'
> elements are flex items when they are replaced, and not when
> they are non-replaced.

> Consider a toolbar consisting of <img> (or <object>) elements.
> * if the images load, each <img> is a flex item.
> * if the images don't load, the alt texts are all glommed
> together into one large flex item
> This is rather unexpected behavior, if the author is expecting
> each <img> element to be a single flexbox item.
> I find this rather disconcerting, and I'm not sure the extra
> convenience of magically turning replaced elements with
> 'display: inline' into flexbox items is such a good idea, given
> its complications and consequences.

I second this.  (I couldn't think of any particular reason why this 
inconsistency mattered when I reviewed the spec.  Your use case is 
compelling, though.)

Anton Prowse
Received on Monday, 7 May 2012 19:25:46 UTC

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