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[css-grid] Allow referencing the last line of implicit grids

From: Patrick Brosset <pbrosset@mozilla.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2015 14:21:40 +0200
Message-ID: <CABcuYMBx2AOpeM6EV8DMeOXs5_j=6x4KvKJfH4m6Pm2y=YfFUw@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-style@w3.org

I've been having a quick conversation [1] today with Manuel Rego and Tab
Atkins about whether it was possible in an implicit grid (one where I
didn't provide any rows and columns templates so that cells would be
created automatically as needed) to make items span a whole track.

My use case is to create a tabbar widget. I thought grids would be
especially useful for this in helping reduce the amount of markup and css
The grid would have 2 rows, the first one would contain the tabs, and the
second one the tab panel into which content would be loaded.
I want each tab to occupy exactly one cell, and I want the widget to allow
adding/removing tabs dynamically, hence I don't know how many columns I'm
going to have in advance, therefore the implicit grid.
I want the panel the always occupy all available columns on the second row.

It seems like the key to this would be to use "grid-column: 1 / -1;" for
the panel but negative numbers apparently only count from the last explicit
line, however here the grid is implicit.

Manuel made a simplified example on jsbin [2].

Do you think that use case is compelling enough to change the spec and
accept spanning implicit grids too?
I don't have enough experience using grids in real-world scenarios, but it
sure feels like something that should be possible.

Patrick Brosset

[1] https://twitter.com/patrickbrosset/status/619580052531978240
[2] http://jsbin.com/faxexe/1/edit?html,css,output
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