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Re: [geometry] DOMMatrix with DOMString argument

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 May 2014 17:05:37 -0700
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDDWeCiN6fVkvGAFpK7V0a0cqRBVZdiiDyc==5Vo6xHn9w@mail.gmail.com>
To: Dirk Schulze <dschulze@adobe.com>
Cc: FX <public-fx@w3.org>, www-style <www-style@w3.org>
On Sun, May 25, 2014 at 12:10 AM, Dirk Schulze <dschulze@adobe.com> wrote:
> On May 23, 2014, at 11:32 PM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 2) If no Element was passed, what is the fallback for relative of percentage values?
>>
>> Generally speaking, these types of things are resolved against a 0
>> length.  I suppose that em/rem/etc should be resolved against the UA
>> default font and font-size.
>
> I checked MSCSSMatrix and WebKitCSSMatrix. Both have a method called setMatrixValue which takes a DOMString as argument. This DOMString takes a <transform-list> in the CSS Transforms notation. Percentage length values and relative length values throw a SyntaxError exception for both engines. It is at least another possibility. I am not sure if UAs can access font data without a document even though it should be possible.

Yeah, only accepting absolute values is definitely a possibility.
There are potentially some relative lengths that might work - if
there's a reasonable way to associate the call with some default
viewport, it's possible that the viewport-relative units would work,
for example.  However, that probably wouldn't work in a Worker, for
instance.

Thinking about it, it seems likely that any relative units that could
be resolved to an absolute length without at least a document for
context are probably actually just absolute lengths, and we'd refer to
them as such.  So, it's probably fine to declare that only absolute
lengths are allowed in the string arguments.

~TJ
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