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Re: It's time for contextual positioning

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:18:06 -0700
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDAyK==mcnMs0ki=syC1=A8VrBVajsUBZCz8JxaNumZvAg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Simon Ferndriger <ferndriger.business@gmail.com>
Cc: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
On Sat, May 10, 2014 at 2:22 AM, Simon Ferndriger
<ferndriger.business@gmail.com> wrote:
> I don't even know if there is a major website that doesn't use overlay context menus.
> Currently, the positioning requires very difficult calculations, in most cases even JavaScript, to find out if the context menu should expand to the top, bottom, left or right.
> My suggestion would be to add a new positioning option:
>> position:contextual;
>> context:#elementID
> This would create an absolute positioned overlay, exactly nearby the element with the provided #elementID.
> No need for calculations.
> PS: This new positioning could also be used as an alternative title tag (hover tip).

I strongly agree that something like this is necessary!  However, I'd
like to consider it as part of a general overhaul and sanification of
absolute positioning, rather than jumping straight into a custom

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