Bugzilla – Bug 15566
Phrases like "is treated as", "computes to" are unnecessarily vague
Last modified: 2012-12-04 00:51:35 UTC
Reported by Peter Moulder
# [...] computes to [...]
10.7 ('min-height', 'max-height'):
# [...] is treated as [...]
Such phrases should be replaced with more explicit ones, such as "The computed value is", etc.
Another example, reported by Anton Prowse
The last sentence of 9.3.1 (Choosing a positioning scheme: 'position' property) is:
# User agents may treat position as 'static' on the root element.
What does this actually mean? That the used value is 'static'?
(Also, this information could ideally be repeated in 9.7 (Relationships
between 'display', 'position', and 'float').)
See: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2011Jan/0087.html (Issue 5)
"computes to" isn't vague at all. It means exactly what it says - it's defining the computed value.
If it's used in any other manner, it's an error and should be reported as such.