[whatwg] CSS5 anyone? Or a WHATWG CSS3 Working Group would be cool too

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Jun 14 16:05:56 PDT 2011

On Sat, 19 Mar 2011, Martin Alterisio wrote:
> I hope I'm not stepping on a tabooed topic here... It's just that I wish 
> that someone would do to CSS what you guys did to HTML.
> I respect the work being done by the W3C CSS Working Group but it just 
> doesn't fell enough. It doesn't feel open enough, nor fast enough.
> I really want to see a version of CSS where the language provides a 
> straightforward solution to layout rather than a challenge. But I don't 
> see it happening with just the efforts and the current structure that 
> supports CSS development.
> Is there anything that can be done about this?

On Sun, 20 Mar 2011, David Singer wrote:
> You could help the CSS group move faster?  They (we) are nice people, 
> with a large list of things to work on.  There's even a public mailing 
> list.
> If you have ideas, they are pretty open to them, also.  Before you give 
> up, I'd give them a try.

On Sun, 20 Mar 2011, Boris Zbarsky wrote:
> Just to note, what the CSS WG most needs right now as far as I can see 
> is not blue-sky ideas; there are plenty of those floating around. What's 
> needed is firming up the basis for the existing specifications (e.g. 
> doing something about the underdefined mess that is the CSS 2.1 box 
> model), the way HTML5 actually specified things that HTML4 "specified".  
> Also writing tests.  Lots of tests.

Since the CSS working group is actively working on CSS, it would be rahter 
inappropriate for us to do something like that. As Dave says above, I 
would encourage you to engage with the working group directly.

I do agree that it'd be nice if the CSS specs could be rewritten in the 
style we've used for HTML, though, but that would be a huge amount of work 
and I don't know anyone who has the bandwidth to do it.

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