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As noted in several question here on Meta, resizing a textarea horizontally used to break the pages layout:

The first is now due to a recent change that adds

textarea{resize:none;}

to the global CSS files.

As a Chrome user, this breaks my user experience, since resizable textareas are something I am used to. Preventing this causes me to be stuck to a tiny textareas (especially for comments), which I find annoying.

So, I propose to change to current behavior (again) to one of the following:

  1. Entirely remove the resize property and let each browser deal with this individually (so everybody gets what he's used to) and simply raise the textareas' z-index (to prevent breaking the page layout).

  2. Change the current code to

    textarea{resize:vertical;}
    

    since vertical resizing did not break the page layout in the first place.

Option 1 is my personal favorite, but I'd be happy with either one.

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You may have to just do what you want with a user-script... –  Zoredache Jan 12 '12 at 8:38

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No. As I said here, there's a good reason that this defaults to "off" according to the standard, and we're enforcing this standard on our site. This wouldn't be necessary if Firefox and Chrome adhered to the standard.

I do however have no issue with enabling resizing on a case-by-case basis in places were it doesn't cause issues. I'll enable vertical resizing for the "add comment" text box; that's fine and doesn't create problems, and I can see why you find that useful.

But defaulting it to on is not going to happen.

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Well, I had a bad feeling about a request to undo a very recent change... I can't say I understand why the standard is a reason to make the textareas non-resizable (I had read your other post before), but making the comment area resizable is a good compromise. It's where it is needed most. –  sudo Jan 12 '12 at 18:20
    
@Dennis: The standard isn't the reason; my point is just that I agree with it -- this should default to off. –  balpha Jan 12 '12 at 18:43
    
OK, now I got it. –  sudo Jan 12 '12 at 18:44
    
Any chance the flagging, "it needs ♦ moderator attention", "other" can get the same love too? –  Arjan Jan 14 '12 at 8:16

Since this is already and resizable textareas is my third most important reason why you should totally drop that and try jQuery Chrome, I wrote a user script to re-enable vertical resizing.

You can view and install the script here.

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Nice! And I guess in time I will even enable such thing for all sites, not just the SE-family. –  Arjan Jan 14 '12 at 8:15

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