May 26, 2017 Webby

Wouldnt it be nice?

Over the last two years, Ive been wishing for just one thing in CSS: rotation. Theres been some discussion about it on the W3C lists, etc. but no one has made a solid pitch for it yet. Inspired a bit by Andys modestcolumn-rule-image proposal, I drafted a spec for CSS 3 Rotation [PDF] back in February. I showed it to a few folks at Web Directions North and got some good feedback.

Out of those discussions, I also realized we really needed a text-wrapping property in CSS 3, so I also drafted a spec for CSS 3 Polygonal Margins[PDF]. The idea is based on the polygons we used for image maps back in the day and would allow complete control over how text wraps around an element.

Anyway, Ive sat on these for a while and I figured now was as good a time as any to unveil them to the world and solicit your feedback. So what do you think? Could you use this sort of control in your everyday CSS work? How would you want to see it work? Do you think the plans Ive outlined offer enough flexibility?