Do you want to know how the CSS WG works? Fantasai has written about:csswg, An Inside View of the CSS Working Group at W3C.
The W3C has a Japanese Layout Task Force, which is a joint effort of the I18n, XSL, SVG, and CSS working groups. Their current goal is to document layout requirements for Japanese documents so that W3C working groups can incorporate them into their respective technologies. Most meetings are face-to-face in Japan in Japanese, but there was a bilingual F2F last week in Tokyo, and fantasai was able to attend for the CSSWG and report back. The intention of the task force is to create a W3C Note in English. So far only Part I, which mostly covers page-level layout, has been written and translated. The task force plans to finish most of parts II and III by the November 2007 W3C Technical Plenary.
max-height: noneto be equivalent to
max-height: 100vh(i.e. the height of the viewport) in this case. The analogous solution shall be applied to horizontal blocks in vertical flow.
Rationale: This preserves readability in the default case: the document can always be scrolled such that the lines fit within the viewport even though it may be a little awkward. The author can and should set more appropriate constraints. This follows the “DBaron Principle”.
Comments: It was noted that a particularly elegant way to handle such blocks would take advantage of the multi-col module. However that module has a problem in that it doesn’t define behavior for blocks with a totally unconstrained “width” (which so far hasn’t ever happened in CSS) and an auto “height” with a max constraint (i.e. the parent’s available width). This is recorded as issue 1 in the Multi-Column issues list.