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[css-overflow-clipping] would 'overflow: clip' affect the layout of surrounding elements?

From: Kang-Hao (Kenny) Lu <kanghaol@oupeng.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2013 18:03:57 +0800
Message-ID: <525A700D.8070106@oupeng.com>
To: WWW Style <www-style@w3.org>
There was a question of "why 'overflow: hidden' establishes BFCs"[1]
asked a while ago on this list and it was revealed - because 'overflow:
hidden' has an invisible scrollbar, a fact that I doubt more than 5% of
all Web developers know, and a float should not intrude into a
scrollable element or otherwise the interaction is complicated.

I've since wondered if we can have a 'overflow: hidden' equivalent that
has no layout but painting effect (and that floats can intrude into it).
Perhaps 'clip' was meant to achieve this but that property seems to
already fail largely. Before reading into the draft, I thought this
draft is about this, but the draft doesn't mention BFC...

So... can we make 'overflow: clip' not establish a BFC, or is this
already planned? The fact that 'overflow: hidden' affects layout is just
really very confusing to Web developers. This behaivor has been the main
way how Web developers get to known what a BFC is, I believe :)

I don't know if spec-wise or implementation-wise not establing BFC
contradicts the requirement to make the element a containling block
root. If that's the case, I would like to requst another
overflow-clipping value.

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2012Apr/thread#msg23

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