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Re: Cascading Style Sheets

From: Space Cowboy <spacecow@mis.net>
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 15:01:53 -0500
Message-ID: <348317B1.D0D9B6C5@mis.net>
To: neil@bigpic.com
CC: "Hersh, Harry" <Harry.Hersh@fmr.com>, www-style@w3.org
L*A*B color is supposed to show every shade of color you can think of, but
does it really do any good? RGB can show more colors than CMYK can, but
there shades that CMYK is capable of but not RGB.

Even though L*A*B can show most visible colors, you can't produce anything
but the colors in RGB on screen and CMYK in print. CSS basically a screen
standard. I know it's being extended, but it's not an all-purpose
standard, and shouldn't be. Since it is basically a screen standard,
adding colors that can't be seen on a screen is pretty silly.

HLS is a good idea, but it all will come out the same, and I really don't
see a need to have conversions when the result is the same (and RGB is
machine-readable, too).

I would think that /at most/ you could have CMYK for "paged media," RGB
for screen.

Neil St.Laurent wrote:

> Well, there is an inherent problem with what you said.  Great I may
> know how to increase read to become pink under HLS, but the problem
> no lies in determining what Red is?
> I another color model is added I'd hope that it would be in line with
> L*a*b rather than anything else, since if I recall correctly, this
> model is capable of representing the widest range of colors.

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