Jason Axelrod - 3 months ago 8

CSS Question

Okay, this question is a bit math, a bit CSS help... Lets say I have a polygon:

`:root {`

--poly-height: 100px;

--poly-width: 300px;

}

.poly1 {

background-color: black;

height: var(--poly-height);

width: var(--poly-width);

-webkit-clip-path: polygon(

0 0,

30px 100%,

100% 100%,

calc(100% - 20px) 50%,

100% 0

);

}

`<div class="poly1"> </div>`

This polygon has FIVE points, lets call them

`A`

`B`

`C`

`D`

`E`

If we look at point

`B`

`x,y`

`30px 100%`

Now lets say, some time in the future, I want to change the height of the

`.poly1`

What I would like to know, is if there is a way to calculate for the value of the inset, knowing the height of the element, the starting point of

`0,0`

So starting from point

`A`

`0,0`

`x`

`B`

`y`

`100px`

- EDIT *

Searching online, I have found out that the math calculation for this would be:

`y = height * tan(20 degrees)`

Now... is it possible to do this in a CSS3 calc?

Answer

CSS cannot do this on its own with the syntax `tan`

you're suggesting. Even pre-processor languages such as Sass/SCSS don't have built-in trigonometric functions.

You definitely need a CSS3 variable (`--polygon-height`

) if you want to be able to change it only in one place (or use a pre-processor). You can then use `var()`

to get the value of the variable where needed and `calc`

to approximate the `tan`

value.

Taylor series is some very awesome stuff. This is how computers under the hood probably calculate complex stuff such as trigonometric functions which you need.

Here's how you calculate tangent.

Note that the formula uses **radians** and not degrees. Also note that this is an **approximation** and might or might not work for ou depending on the angle size and the precision you desire. Search online for more terms if you need them.

Now we can use `calc`

because we just need simple addition and multiplication. We don't have powers so we need to multiply mulitple times.

```
:root {
--poly-height: 100px;
--poly-width: 300px;
--poly-degree: calc(20 * 0.0174533); /* degree to radian */
}
.poly1 {
background-color: black;
height: var(--poly-height);
width: var(--poly-width);
-webkit-clip-path: polygon(
0 0,
calc(var(--poly-height) * (var(--poly-degree) + (1/3) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) + (2 / 15) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) + (17/315) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree))) 100%,
100% 100%,
calc(100% - 20px) 50%,
100% 0
);
}
```

`<div class="poly1"> </div>`

Here's what happens if we change some stuff.

```
:root {
--poly-height: 200px;
--poly-width: 300px;
--poly-degree: calc(45 * 0.0174533);
}
.poly1 {
background-color: black;
height: var(--poly-height);
width: var(--poly-width);
-webkit-clip-path: polygon(
0 0,
calc(var(--poly-height) * (var(--poly-degree) + (1/3) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) + (2 / 15) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) + (17/315) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree) * var(--poly-degree))) 100%,
100% 100%,
calc(100% - 20px) 50%,
100% 0
);
}
```

```
Height: 200px, degree: 45deg
<div class="poly1"> </div>
```