I had someone write in with this very legit question. Lea just blogged about how you can get valid CSS properties themselves from the browser. That’s like this.
That gives you, for example, the fact that
cursor is a thing. But then how do you know what valid values are for
cursor? We know from documentation that there are values like
wait, and many more.
But where does that list come from? Well, there is a list right in the spec so that’s helpful. But that doesn’t guarantee the complete list of values that any given browser actually supports. There could be
cursor: skull-and-crossbones and we wouldn’t even know!
We can test by applying it to an element and looking in DevTools:
But unless we launch a huge dictionary attack against that value, we don’t actually know what values it directly in-browser. Maybe Houdini will help somehow in browsers getting better at CSS introspection?
You can also use the
CSS object to run tests like
You’d think we could have like
CSS.validValues("text-decoration-thickness") and get like
["<length>", "<percentage>", "auto", "from-font"] or the like, but alas, not a thing.
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