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Re: [css-grid] minmax max value

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:36:51 -0500
To: Ollie Williams <oliverwilliams345@gmail.com>, www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <98c452f9-885e-c70c-8ff7-c80be0d61ca5@inkedblade.net>
On 10/04/2016 09:13 AM, Ollie Williams wrote:
> Minmax would be /far/ more useful if the max was always respected. Using grid to have a max-width content area but a
> full-width background is actually really hard without this feature. For a current use case I need to use
> grid-template-columns: 1fr repeat(4, minmax(20%, 250px)) 1fr;
> Being able to use viewport units and percentage units as a minimum value while specifying a pixel maximum would make so much
> sense. Otherwise I'll have to make do with using a pixel minimum, which will means my fr margins will take up no space at
> smaller viewports, so i'll have to add tedious media queries.
> I realize i can set a percentage value and a max-width on the content itself and then set grid-template-columns to  1fr
> repeat(4, auto) 1fr but this is far from ideal.
> I've been trying a lot of different ways to achieve the same layout.
> Please consider changing this.

We think your use case is totally valid, but, unfortunately at this point the only way to solve it is to nest elements. 
Inverting the priority of min and max constraints would mean other use cases aren't handled--and since it would also be 
inconsistent with the way min-width overrides max-width, we are forced to conclude that this change shouldn't be made.

I hope we someday have a way to invert the priority, but at the moment I can't think of a way to express that in an elegant way.

~fantasai and TJ
Received on Thursday, 2 February 2017 19:37:24 UTC

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