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RE: Support for HSL colour specification

From: Braden N. McDaniel <braden@shadow.net>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 08:09:10 -0500
Message-Id: <199712031308.IAA11775@anshar.shadow.net>
To: "'Steven Pemberton'" <Steven.Pemberton@cwi.nl>, <neil@bigpic.com>
Cc: "'Christian Pantel'" <cpantel@ca.ibm.com>, <www-style@w3.org>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-style-request@w3.org [SMTP:www-style-request@w3.org]On Behalf
> Of Steven Pemberton
> Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 1997 7:00 AM
> To: neil@bigpic.com
> Cc: Christian Pantel; www-style@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Support for HSL colour specification
> Neil St.Laurent writes:
>  > But we can be quite sure that RGB is likely the most natural
>  > specification for computers considering the structure of CRTs since
>  > the very early days...
> It might be natural for computers, but it isn't natural for users, and
> that's the point.

Isn't that, then, the gap authoring tools should fill in?

Most important in CSS is the *function* of the standard for providing a means of consistent layout--that is, it is first a machine-readable format. That it is human-readable as well is certainly an added convenience. But since--as far as I can tell--HSL will add no new function to the appearance CSS is capable of describing, I think there are more important pursuits in finalizing the specification.

The fine points of a user interface to the specification are exactly what authoring tools are designed (or, at least, *should be* designed) to provide.


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