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Re: [css-align] use of start/end edge needs qualification

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 May 2013 10:57:33 -0700
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDAF+46+hJCk0ffsbHS6gb=UzLLwnLb6EYRm6-GoE=aMag@mail.gmail.com>
To: Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com>
Cc: W3C Style <www-style@w3.org>
On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 7:37 PM, Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com> wrote:
> On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 9:52 AM, Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com> wrote:
>> > In [1], the phrases "start edge" and "end edge" are used without
>> > qualifying
>> > which axis applies.
>>
>> That's because this is the generic list of terms which are shared by
>> several alignment properties.  The axis in which they apply is
>> determined by the property.
>>
>> (If this is a problem, then several other terms like "center" are
>> similarly ambiguous.)
>
> In the present case, they are used in a technical sense, so there should be
> a definition or a reference to one.

I don't understand this response.  It doesn't seem directly connected
to what you're responding to.

>> > Also, I notice the terms "start side" and "end side" also appear under
>> > the
>> > definitions of self-start and self-end. The term "side" is not defined
>> > in
>> > this spec nor is a definition referenced. For that matter, the term
>> > "edge"
>> > is similarly undefined. At the minimum, "edge" and "side" need to be
>> > carefully distinguished, with example illustrations if possible.
>> >
>> > [1] http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css-align/#ltcontent-position
>>
>> They're both English words, not special technical terms.  I don't
>> think further definition is necessary, unless you can explain how you
>> find them confusing.
>
> Since in this case, I have no idea the difference between "edge" and "side",
> then it is definitely a problem.

I don't see how it's confusing.  More importantly, I'm not sure how I
could rephrase it without using the same or nearly identical words.

~TJ
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