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Re: Naming of selector that matches :empty or only-whitespace (was Re: [CSSWG] Minutes Telecon 2013-04-10)

From: Sylvain Galineau <galineau@adobe.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 07:59:55 -0700
To: Øyvind Stenhaug <oyvinds@opera.com>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <CD9BEFA7.2D6E%galineau@adobe.com>

On 4/23/13 1:49 AM, "Øyvind Stenhaug" <oyvinds@opera.com> wrote:

>On Mon, 22 Apr 2013 22:05:38 +0200, Sylvain Galineau <galineau@adobe.com>
>> On 4/22/13 9:22 AM, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 6:32 AM, L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org>
>>> wrote:
>>>> In Gecko we call this :-moz-only-whitespace.  So I'd offer
>>>> :only-whitespace as another suggestion.
>>> Clear, but a bit long.  That doesn't kill it, but makes it less
>>> attractive.
>> The much higher clarity of the name offsets the length cost, imo. Short
>> and
>> obscure/ambiguous is no win.
>I don't think the name is that clear - it doesn't really sound like it
>includes :empty elements.
>(The MDN description illustrates the mismatch, I think: "The
>:-moz-only-whitespace pseudo-class matches an element that has no child
>nodes at all or empty text nodes or text nodes that have only white-space
>in them")

I find it much *clearer* than blank. The latter conveys nothing and its
only benefit is that it uses fewer characters, really. Doesn't mean it's
perfect or unambiguous though. 

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