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Re: [mediaqueries] User-defined Media Queries?

From: Stu Cox <stuart.cox@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:29:27 +0100
Message-ID: <CAJ-2Ov4EbypKyNZxs8AoN7aNnBDCru9+1wOjWT8QeAS7bXdi_g@mail.gmail.com>
To: Simon Sapin <simon.sapin@exyr.org>
Cc: Kenneth Rohde Christiansen <kenneth.christiansen@gmail.com>, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
I love this idea, but is there actually much scope for new *media* queries
to be defined, given the limited information available to the DOM?

I'd argue not, and that the Modernizr / theming use cases may be more

I think there's already a problem with confusion between browser features
and media/device features (e.g. my old favourite: browser supporting the
Touch Events API vs device having a touchscreen). Values set by users in JS
are unlikely to accurately represent a feature of the media.

So how about e.g. `@property` instead?

document.css.properties.haswebgl = 'WebGLRenderingContext' in window;
document.css.properties.theme = 'night';
document.css.properties.connectedusers = MyApp.getConnectedUsers();

@property hasaudioapi { ... }
@property (theme:night) { ... }
@property (min-connectedusers:10) { ... }

I'm totally not precious about that name – just that it shouldn't be

This would also solve the issue of name conflicts with future media queries.

Stu Cox

On 2 June 2013 13:41, Simon Sapin <simon.sapin@exyr.org> wrote:

> Le 02/06/2013 20:16, Kenneth Rohde Christiansen a écrit :
>  Hi,
>> Can you explain to me what you mean with "parse-time declarative
>> macros"? like for instance give an example.
> Declarative: when you state what happens but not how it happens, as
> opposed to imperative. In Selectors, :hover is declarative while
> adding/removing a class with mouse events is imperative.
> Macro: a kind of variables, but I wanted another term because this is not
> CSS Variables a.k.a. Custom Properties. This is two parts: one that
> associates a name with a value, and one that uses the name, which is
> replaced by the value.
> Parse-time: the replacement is done when the stylesheet is parsed, as
> opposed to eg. every time the result of the MQ needs to change.
> Here is an example with made-up syntax:
>     @macros { wide: (min-width: 700px) }
>     @import "foo.css" $wide
>     @media $wide { /* ... */ }
> This kind of macro could potentially be used anywhere (MQs, Selectors,
> property names …) unlike var() that can only be used in property values.
>  In WebKit/Blink the engine
>> knows which media features change as a result of viewport changes and it
>> only reevaluates those when the viewport changes (size, scale/zoom,
>> etc). If the engine knows then invented conditionals change, we could do
>> similar.
> Yes, MQs being declarative allows the engine to do that and apply the
> change without going through JavaScript code.
> --
> Simon Sapin
Received on Monday, 10 June 2013 11:30:25 UTC

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