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Re: [css-grid] Subgrids considered essential

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:28:34 +1300
Message-ID: <CAOp6jLZ2v7xb+wceo86KnkAAq-j_GnfMcaNqPKh7V39fZkHc_g@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Eric A. Meyer" <eric@meyerweb.com>
Cc: CSS WG <www-style@w3.org>
On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 2:50 PM, Eric A. Meyer <eric@meyerweb.com> wrote:

Yes, *in this very limited and specific case*, subgrids can meet the
> criteria.  But as I tried to make clear in the post, this is *a very
> limited and specific case*, meant to illustrate the basic principles at
> play without overcomplicating things, since it was meant for a more general
> audience-- in other words, authors who have little to no exposure to grids
> at this point.
> I will try to find the time to produce some more complex examples that
> illustrate why I believe 'display: contents' is not up to nearly the same
> level of sophistication as subgrids.  Hopefully others can also provide
> some examples as well.
> As for why I describe it as a "hack", I regard using 'display: contents'
> to take the place subgrids much as I regard using floats to take the place
> of an actual layout system.  Yes, it works; and yes, one can do clever
> things with it; but it's still a hack, as in a workaround for a
> limitation.  I applaud hacks when there's no other alternative.  I deplore
> setting things up such that hacks are necessary.

I continue to disagree on that. display:contents was created to solve
exactly the problem presented in your example (in a generic way that works
with all CSS layout models).

I have no strong opinion on the merits of subgrids and I look forward to
seeing examples where subgrids are the best solution.

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