Re: HTML 3.2 PR color value syntax (fwd)

Carl Morris (
Thu, 14 Nov 1996 21:56:47 -0600

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From: "Carl Morris" <>
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Subject: Re: HTML 3.2 PR color value syntax (fwd)
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 1996 21:56:47 -0600

| Most browsers are likely not to understand "olive".  Those that do
| understand colour names are more likely to render olive as 808000 as
| that's the Windows VGA default palette colour which is defined in the
| 3.2 DTD - that's how I've coded mine.  UNIX/X clients have more of a
| problem since olive is already a predefined colour - which one takes
| precedence?

No, Olive is not 808000, its Olive, and thats exactly what I am saying,
using 808000 very well might not get Olive and the reason is called
Gamma.  There are a lot of software out there that don't say they
support gamma correction, and the W3C's HTML spec has just recently
called for developers to use sRGB, so it will take a while before
everyone can be assured they do...  I am not sure if Netscape does or
not, but I might have to guess that at least MSIE does, hopefully all
the way around.

| This is partially the reason why I suggested a <colour> tag to
| introduce a temporary binding and somebody else preferred <!entity>
| tag.  Whilst this issue is handled properly in stylesheets and that
| the correct place for it, IMHO, it might be useful to have such a tag
| anyway.  Somebody else commented that this is "tag"itis.  I suspect
| that one of the major difference between <colour> or the new
| suggestion being accepted and <font> is that my browser doesn't have
| "70%+ of the market".  :-(

No, thats a rotten idea as it leads to the despise of every one else, I
want RED to be BLUE and BLUE to be GREEN and etc, no no no, lets not
allow designers to give users hell...

However it would be far easier for a UA to give a user to choice of
remapping color names that it would be color values.  If you want RED
text, and a BLUE background please use that, not FF2020 and 2020FF as
it will make it harder for my Mono VGA display to adapt the fact that
RED text on BLUE backgrounds is the same as black on black, literally
if you have used a mono VGA display!