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[css-flexbox] Handling Anonymous Table Boxes

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:56:53 -0400
Message-ID: <55A95E05.8040208@inkedblade.net>
To: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>, Christian Biesinger <cbiesinger@gmail.com>, Rossen Atanassov <Rossen.Atanassov@microsoft.com>
The spec currently requires that we do box fixup before determining
flex items:
   http://www.w3.org/TR/2015/WD-css-flexbox-1-20150514/#flex-items
This was discussed originally in this thread:
   [1] https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2013May/0508.html
   [2] https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2013Jul/0462.html
   [3] https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2013Jul/0473.html

Chrome doesn't follow the spec in this case--it turns table cells into
flex items. Which, as I had pointed out [2], has the nice ability to
create a fallback rendering. The argument for not changing it was that
nobody cares. [3]

However, at least some people do care: see e.g. slide 39, which despite
the fact that it would result in layouts that only work properly in
Chrome, uses this technique:
   http://zomigi.com/downloads/Enhancing-Responsiveness-with-Flexbox_CSS-Day_150612.pdf

Should we change the spec to make internal table display types just
turn themselves into flex items, instead of triggering anonymous box
generation?

~fantasai
Received on Friday, 17 July 2015 19:57:39 UTC

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