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Re: HSL

From: Darlene Pike <darlene@pikedesign.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 1997 08:47:29 -0400
Message-ID: <3484035D.5E95@pikedesign.com>
To: Steven Pemberton <Steven.Pemberton@cwi.nl>
CC: www-style@w3.org
Yes, of course. I can estimate RGB, HSL, and hex colors about equally
well. I use a shareware program called Pixel-Spy on the Macintosh that
allows me to capture pixels from the desktop, and converts them to hex,
and I also use color charts. This is how I specify colors.

To me, the 16 color names offered by CSS are not very useful, and I
don't rely on them. 

Pantone has a system that is widely used by print graphic artists that
you may be familiar with PMS color chips are used to specify spot colors
on print runs. Still, it's another color-by-number scheme, and doesn't
come very close at all to what a monitor will display.

I think that any number system that accurately describes what is
displayed on the monitor would be more useful that a naming system that
relied on the whimsies of language. If we allowed ourselves, we could
have a palette of reds based on lipstick colors... hmmm
--Darlene

Steven Pemberton wrote:
> 
>  > I don't believe that allowing HSL specifications for colors in HTML will
>  > be more "human-oriented", and I would recommend against it. HSL has the
>  > same problem that RGB and hex have, namely that they are based on
>  > numbers which most humans can't easily translate without a color chart.
>  >
>  > As a designer, I would always rely on a color chart or select and match
>  > pixels from existing documents rather that "mixing my own" colors based
>  > on any number scheme.
> 
> So you don't believe CSS with HSL would be better than CSS without
> HSL?
> 
> My experience with HSL and RGB is that I can roughly guess a colour in
> HSL, and then interate very quickly to get what I want. I can also
> 'read' an HSL colour, and know roughly what colour it is. I can't do
> either of those things with RGB values.
> 
> CSS is offering us 16 colour names plus RGB. I want something I can
> read and write as well.
> 
> Best wishes,
> 
> Steven Pemberton, CWI, Amsterdam; Steven.Pemberton@cwi.nl
Received on Tuesday, 2 December 1997 08:49:02 GMT

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