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wikimedia/css-sanitizer understands CSS 2/3/4 properties with a decent level of support but does not recognize most vendor-prefixed versions (which are sometimes necessary for compatibility).

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Tgr created this task.Apr 6 2017, 4:59 PM
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Tgr added a comment.Apr 6 2017, 5:03 PM

A list of sanitization errors for MediaWiki:*.css pages on Wikimedia projects:

Unsupported properties in the first 50 errors:

-moz-box-shadow, -webkit-box-shadow
-moz-linear-gradient, -webkit-gradient, -webkit-linear-gradient, -ms-linear-gradient, -o-linear-gradient, 
-moz-border-radius, -moz-border-radius-*, -webkit-border-radius, -webkit-border-*-radius
zoom (used for IE CSS hacks)
-webkit-background-size, -khtml-background-size, -moz-background-size, -o-background-size
-ms-filter, filter
-moz-column-count, -webkit-column-count
-webkit-column-gap, -moz-column-gap, -ms-column-gap
-moz-column-width, -webkit-column-width, -ms-column-width
-moz-font-feature-settings, -webkit-font-feature-settings
cursor: hand
-moz-box-shadow, -webkit-box-shadow
-webkit-transition, -moz-transition, -o-transition, -ms-transition
-webkit-text-decoration, -moz-text-decoration
<property>: <value>\9;, <property>: <value> !ie;, *<value> (these seem to be old IE CSS hacks)
list-style-type: -moz-kannada
-webkit-background-clip, -moz-background-clip
::-moz-placeholder, ::-webkit-input-placeholder, ::-ms-input-placeholder
-moz-box-sizing, -webkit-box-sizing
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Another aspect of this decision is whether the support should be in css-sanitizer or TemplateStyles. Probably the former, but possibly not.

Tgr added a comment.Apr 6 2017, 7:25 PM

IMO wiki code is typical enough that anyone else using css-sanitizer to purify user-generated CSS could make good use of the capability, so it makes more sense to do it there.

I grepped for prefixed identifiers in Gergő's test file, core's resources/src directory, and oojs-ui's src directory, then cross-referenced them with and/or MDN. I haven't looked through this to try to make any decisions yet.

animation, animation-duration, animation-iteration-count, animation-name, keyframesmoz o webkit13.22% need a prefix, mainly -webkit- for UC browser for Android and old versions of Android browser
appearancemoz webkit1.98% unprefixed, all major browsers only support it prefixed
arabic-indic, bengali, devanagari, kannada, oriya, persianmozlist-style-type, supported unprefixed since Firefox 33
pashtomozlist-style-type, but I find no evidence Firefox or any other browser actually supports it.
urdumozlist-style-type, supported versions not listed at MDN
background-clip, background-sizemoz o webkit94.02% unprefixed
border-bottom-colors, border-left-colors, border-right-colors, border-top-colorsmozNon-standard Firefox extension
border-*-radiuskhtml moz ms o webkitOnly 0.08% need a prefix
box, box-flex, box-ordinal-group, box-pack, flex, flex-align, flex-direction, flex-order, flex-pack, flex-wrap, flexbox, inline-box, inline-flex, inline-flexbox, inline-stack, justify-contentmoz ms webkit11.36% need a prefix, mainly -webkit- for UC browser for Android and old versions of Android browser. Both of those are a 2009 version of the spec.
box-shadowkhtml moz ms o webkitOnly 0.14% need a prefix
box-sizingmoz webkitOnly 0.45% need a prefix
break-insidemoz o webkitIt's not clear anyone actually supports -foo-break-inside rather than other things, see MDN
calcmoz webkitOnly 0.25% need a prefix
calendar-picker-indicator, clear, expand, focus-inner, inner-spin-button, input-placeholder, outer-spin-button, placeholder, search-cancel-button, search-decorationmoz, ms, webkitShadow DOM pseudo-element, unlikely to be needed in TemplateStyles
selectionmozPseudo-element in Selectors 4, although MDN says everyone except Firefox supports it from when it was in the Selectors 3 draft
column-break-after, column-break-before, column-break-insidewebkitLooks like lots would need this. Some -moz- and -o- are used too, but those don't seem to actually exist
column-count, column-gap, column-rule, column-width, columnsmoz ms o webkitHard to tell, but seems like maybe 22% need a prefix? Again, the largest fraction seems to be UC browser for Android
device-pixel-ratio, min-device-pixel-ratiomoz o webkitUnclear, up to around 22% might want -webkit-
filtermoz ms o webkit18.63% need a prefix, mainly -webkit- for UC browser for Android
first-nodemozNon-standard Firefox extension
fixedmozfont-family. Poorly-documented Firefox hack that should die
font-feature-settingsmoz ms o webkit16.53% need a prefix, mainly -webkit- for UC browser for Android and old versions of Android browser
font-kerningwebkit20.79% need a prefix, mainly -webkit- for UC browser, iOS Safari, and old versions of Android browser
font-smoothing, osx-font-smoothingmoz ms o webkitNo longer in standards-track documents, 36.76% support, everyone needs a prefix
full-screenwebkitOnly useful in combination with JS, it looks like
grab, grabbingmoz webkit0% are listed as needing a prefix, but it looks like Chrome still needs -webkit- here
gradient, linear-gradient, radial-gradient, repeating-linear-gradientkhtml moz ms o webkit10.57% need a prefix, mainly -webkit- for UC browser for Android and old versions of Android browser
gridms37.01% support at all, 5.69% (all IE/Edge) need a prefix
handler-blockedmozNon-standard Firefox extension
high-contrastmsNon-standard IE @media property
hyphensmoz ms o webkit84% support, 23% need a prefix
image-setwebkitNot-yet-standard Webkit feature
inline-blockmozOnly 0.02% need a prefix
interpolation-modemsObsolete IE7 and IE8 property
isolate, isolate-overridemoz ms webkitNo percentages, but MDN makes it look like only old versions of major browsers need prefixes. -webkit-isolate is noted as being actively dangerous.
langmsApparently :-ms-lang() is only needed to enable the comma-separated list syntax from Selectors Level 4
list-numbermozNon-standard Firefox extension
marquee-stylewebkitNo, this is almost as bad as text-decoration: blink.
max-contentmoz webkit78.57% support, 25.37% need a prefix
opacitykhtml moz o webkit0% listed as needing a prefix
outline-radiusmozNon-standard Firefox extension
outline-stylemozFirefox before 1.5
page-break-insidemoz o webkit0% listed as needing a prefix
pre-wrapmoz oAncient Firefox, -o- is reportedly unneeded since Opera 8.
print-color-adjustwebkitNon-standard extension
rightwebkitNon-standard extension
small-controlwebkitLooks like a webkit font hack like -moz-fixed
stickywebkit68.66% support, 12.19% need a prefix (mostly Safari)
tab-sizemoz oOnly 9.73% need a prefix, but that's all of Firefox and Opera.
text-align-lastmoz webkit66% support, 1.15% need a prefix
text-decoration, text-decoration-stylemoz webkit46.76% support, 12.42% need a prefix (mostly Safari)
text-fill-colorwebkitNot any spec, but 78.22% support it with a prefix
text-orientationwebkitNo percentages, but MDN makes it look like only old versions of Chrome and Firefox
text-overflowoOnly 0.02% need a prefix
text-size-adjustmoz webkitSafari and UC browser need it
touch-calloutwebkitNon-standard Safari feature
transform, transform-originmoz ms o webkit13.17% need a prefix, mainly -webkit- for UC browser for Android and old versions of Android browser
transition, transition-duration, transition-property, transition-timing-functionmoz ms o webkit10.56% need a prefix, mainly -webkit- for UC browser for Android and old versions of Android browser
use-text-colormozObsolete Firefox extension, removed in Firefox 52
user-selectkhtml moz ms o webkitEveryone except Chrome and Opera needs a prefix
writing-modemoz webkit29.59% need a prefix, mainly -webkit- for UC browser for Android, Safari, and old versions of Android Browser

UC browser for Android has an annoyingly high level of usage reported on

For the first pass, I looked at current versions of Chrome, Firefox ESR, Edge, and Safari, and Android browser 4.4.4. That comes out to:

  • Implement the intrinsic and extrinsic sizing properties, with prefixes for Safari and Firefox.
  • Multi-column, animation, transformation, and filter properties for Android.
  • Text decoration properties, position: -webkit-sticky, and -webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio media query for Safari.
  • cursor: grab and cursor: grabbing for Chrome.
  • appearance: none (and user-select, but that's already in the code) for everyone.
  • -webkit-writing-mode for Android and Safari.
  • -webkit-hyphens and -ms-hyphens for Edge and Safari.
  • -moz-tab-size for Firefox.

Also, technically we should do Grid for Edge, but I don't want to bother with seeing where the old version of the spec differs from the current one.

Tgr renamed this task from Decide which CSS properties to support to Decide which non-standard CSS properties to support in TemplateStyles.
TheDJ added a subscriber: TheDJ.Aug 11 2017, 4:12 PM

I just encountered this when trying to use flexbox :(

Keeping in mind there are probably a variety of difficulties and complications I'm not aware of here, it seems to me that any prefixed property which is worth whitelisting, is worth having the parser automatically include when the unprefixed property is used. Having a full-fledged CSS parser seems like a great opportunity to remove the burden of supporting browsers/browser versions which require prefixed properties from style authors (not to mention it greatly simplifies the process of removing prefixed properties as the browsers/browser versions they support drop out of usage).

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Anomie moved this task from Up next to Non-code on the TemplateStyles board.Jan 29 2018, 4:15 AM
ggellerman moved this task from Non-code to Up next on the TemplateStyles board.Mar 1 2018, 5:49 PM
stjn added a subscriber: stjn.Apr 10 2018, 6:53 PM

It is strange that Wikimedia code uses a lot of needed vendor prefixes, but in TemplateStyles they can’t be referenced. It is probably a good decision from the security side, but then you need to use a library like Autoprefixer that would add any needed prefixes for supported vendors for editors. I had, for example, to remove vendor prefix that provided support for user-select even to my browser (latest Firefox) because otherwise saving page with TemplateStyles was impossible.

Unfortunately Autoprefixer doesn't seem to have a PHP version.

stjn added a comment.EditedMay 1 2018, 10:30 PM

Compiled a Browserlist rule for this based on available browser matrix for desktop and mobile:
last 2 chrome versions, last 2 firefox versions, edge >= 11, ie 11, opera > 15, safari >= 5.1, ios >= 6.1, android >= 4.1, and_chr >= 48

Then I used a file with all CSS properties and inserted it into online Autoprefixer tool with the parameters above. Comparing two files, these are the results that I got:

1-webkit-align-content: value;
2-webkit-box-align: value;
3-webkit-align-items: value;
4-webkit-align-self: value;
5-webkit-animation: value;
6-webkit-animation-delay: value;
7-webkit-animation-direction: value;
8-webkit-animation-duration: value;
9-webkit-animation-fill-mode: value;
10-webkit-animation-iteration-count: value;
11-webkit-animation-name: value;
12-webkit-animation-play-state: value;
13-webkit-animation-timing-function: value;
14-webkit-backface-visibility: value;
15-webkit-border-image: value;
16-webkit-box-decoration-break: value;
17-webkit-column-break-after: value;
18-webkit-column-break-before: value;
19-webkit-column-break-inside: value;
20-webkit-clip-path: value;
21-webkit-column-fill: value;
22-webkit-column-gap: value;
23-webkit-column-rule: value;
24-webkit-column-rule-color: value;
25-webkit-column-rule-style: value;
26-webkit-column-rule-width: value;
27-webkit-column-span: value;
28-webkit-columns: value;
29-webkit-column-count: value;
30-webkit-column-width: value;
31-webkit-filter: value;
32-webkit-flow-into: value;
33 -ms-flow-into: value;
34-webkit-flow-from: value;
35 -ms-flow-from: value;
36-webkit-box-flex: value;
37-webkit-flex: value;
38-webkit-flex-basis: value;
39-webkit-flex-grow: value;
40-webkit-flex-shrink: value;
41-webkit-box-orient: vertical;
42-webkit-box-direction: normal;
43-webkit-flex-flow: value;
44-webkit-flex-direction: value;
45-webkit-flex-wrap: value;
46-webkit-font-feature-settings: value;
47-webkit-font-kerning: value;
48-webkit-font-language-override: value;
49-webkit-font-variant-ligatures: value;
50-ms-grid-columns: value;
51-ms-grid-rows: value;
52-ms-grid-column: value;
53-ms-grid-row: value;
54-webkit-hyphens: value;
55-ms-hyphens: value;
56-webkit-box-pack: value;
57-webkit-justify-content: value;
58-ms-grid-column-align: value;
59-webkit-mask: value;
60-webkit-mask-image: value;
61-webkit-mask-repeat: value;
62-webkit-mask-position: value;
63-webkit-mask-clip: value;
64-webkit-mask-origin: value;
65-webkit-mask-size: value;
66-webkit-box-ordinal-group: value;
67-webkit-order: value;
68-webkit-perspective: value;
69-webkit-perspective-origin: value;
70-webkit-region-fragment: value;
71 -ms-region-fragment: value;
72-webkit-scroll-snap-coordinate: value;
73 -ms-scroll-snap-coordinate: value;
74-webkit-scroll-snap-destination: value;
75 -ms-scroll-snap-destination: value;
76-webkit-scroll-snap-points-x: value;
77 -ms-scroll-snap-points-x: value;
78-webkit-scroll-snap-points-y: value;
79 -ms-scroll-snap-points-y: value;
80-webkit-scroll-snap-type: value;
81 -ms-scroll-snap-type: value;
82-webkit-shape-image-threshold: value;
83-webkit-shape-margin: value;
84-webkit-shape-outside: value;
85-moz-tab-size: value;
86-webkit-text-decoration: value;
87-webkit-text-decoration-color: value;
88-webkit-text-decoration-line: value;
89-webkit-text-decoration-style: value;
90-webkit-text-decoration-skip: value;
91-webkit-text-emphasis: value;
92-webkit-text-emphasis-color: value;
93-webkit-text-emphasis-style: value;
94-webkit-text-emphasis-position: value;
95-webkit-text-size-adjust: value;
96-ms-text-spacing: value;
97-webkit-transform: value;
98-webkit-transform-origin: value;
99-webkit-transform-style: value;
100-webkit-transition: value;
101-webkit-transition-delay: value;
102-webkit-transition-duration: value;
103-webkit-transition-property: value;
104-webkit-transition-timing-function: value;
105-webkit-writing-mode: value;
106 -ms-writing-mode: value;

Don’t know which are not supported in TemplateStyles, I opted to check all of them. If my browser matrix is wrong, you can probably edit it to get it right.

Out of my personal experience in working with TemplateStyles, having flexbox prefixed properties supported as soon as possible is probably the most crucial out of this. column-width/column-count, too, because column layouts are used in Wikimedia sites’ CSS frequently. Hope this helps in fixing this, this is probably the most noticeable hurdle in working with TemplateStyles for me at the moment.

Edit: noticed that I accidentally inserted ios >= 5.0 instead of ios >= 6.1. Would have to redo this, the list would probably be smaller. Update: nothing changed.

ggellerman triaged this task as Low priority.May 8 2018, 6:13 PM
stjn added a comment.May 23 2018, 4:40 PM

For anyone that will decide to do this task: we got consensus in the Russian Wikipedia to improve the main page using TemplateStyles, and the ability to use prefixed CSS properties would be more than welcome addition to see. Right now I intend to add prefixed properties only directly to Common.css/Mobile.css before pushing new version, which would be less than ideal.

TheDJ added a comment.May 30 2018, 3:07 PM

I typed this a while ago, but never hit the submit button. It seems phabricator remembered the comment, and since the issue is still current I'll post it now.

@stjn just on an unrelated note caniuse analytics show that support for prefixed vs. unprefixed flexbox properties is nearly an identical audience. Browsers supporting neither is a much larger group. The amount of bugs and browser diversity with unprefixed flexbox is also rather large. As such I think any time is better spent on having good fallbacks using float/inline-boxes (Which should NOT necessarily have to look the same, just be readable and accessible) being actually much more important.

While initially I figured it was unmanageable to not support prefixes, I have since sort of changed my mind and have not run into situations where this seemed to be an actual real world problem that I have to care about it. This does not mean it cannot be a problem, just that the severity and frequency of it seems much reduced to my initial assessment.

stjn added a comment.May 30 2018, 3:21 PM

We don’t support browsers supporting neither, so there’s no need to care about that (they can just display one-column layout after all in case of Russian Wikipedia). Bugs with flexbox are also manageable and mostly are concerning older IEs, I don’t see how this is an argument against using it.

The main audience for which flexbox prefxies are needed is older iPads, to be honest.

Change 436338 had a related patch set uploaded (by Anomie; owner: Anomie):
[css-sanitizer@master] WIP: Support vendor prefixes

I drafted a patch for allowing vendor prefixes. It still needs work (as noted in the commit summary), and I'm not entirely happy with it but going further would be even more complex.

TheDJ added a comment.May 30 2018, 9:48 PM

The main audience for which flexbox prefxies are needed is older iPads, to be honest.

Which i find a strange reason, i dont see why such ipads would be more important than IE7...

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Tgr added a comment.Mar 9 2019, 1:51 AM

Apparently there's a Compatiblity living standard for vendor prefixes which everyone should support. It's a WHATWG spec so not easy to judge how established it is, but it has been around since 2015, at least.

Anomie added a comment.EditedMar 12 2019, 8:15 PM

I note that's for what browsers need to support never-updated websites rather than vice versa. It includes things like -webkit-linear-gradient() which reports hasn't been needed for any browser released in the past 5 years.