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Re: Introducing WhatTF

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:58:19 +1300
Message-ID: <CAOp6jLbjW0piMOqCMsTPzS7Rjvnw6=XAc0GoVOQ+h=DPSZW8Bw@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Cc: Rossen Atanassov <Rossen.Atanassov@microsoft.com>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
On Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 8:26 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com> wrote:

> We'll nail things down more explicitly in the first meeting, but the
> idea is that our current approach of delivering a new layout mode
> every 5 years or so isn't sustainable; they're too complex and the
> whole thing is too slow.  Beyond core "layout modes" (like Flexbox,
> etc) there's a lot of other stuff that generally falls under the
> rubric of "box-tree manipulation" (like Regions, and the constellation
> of functionality surrounding their core concept, like running headers,
> footnotes, etc.) which, again, takes a long time to go from "idea" to
> "usable on mass-market websites".
> While there's still value in finding the highest-impact stuff in this
> realm and standardizing it with CSS syntax, we feel that for CSS to
> continue to be viable in the future, we need to open up these sorts of
> APIs to developers more directly, allowing them to define their own
> layout managers/etc with lower-level box-creation/manipulation
> primitives.  This TF's goal is to figure out how to do this in a way
> that's compatible with the perf concerns of today's and tomorrow's
> browsers.

Thanks, that's helpful. Someone should have said so at the outset :-).

Personally I would have framed it as "extensible CSS".

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