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HSL (fwd)

From: MegaZone <megazone@livingston.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 21:05:37 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <199712090505.VAA07212@server.livingston.com>
To: www-style@w3.org
Once upon a time Susan M. Dray shaped the electrons to say...
>CSS should include HSL.  To use RGB makes _no_ sense from a user's
>perspective.  From a UI perspective, a UI that people find difficult to use

Ok - what is HSL?  In all my years of networking, coding, UI work, web work,
etc, I haven't encountered this one.  :-)

All standard color packages easily output RGB - even XV on UNIX will tell
you the values.  Let alone all of the paint and draw packages for the
various platforms.

And the browsers already understand RGB at a basic level.

>is a poor UI.  RGB is a poor UI.  It is hard to learn and hard to use.  RGB

I disagree.  I think RGB is very easy to learn.  It isn't the easier to
use, but it comes with practice.

>confronted with a color in RGB notation, it is hard to determine what color
>it is, and if you want to encode a color, it is next to impossible to do it
>without the use of a tool that does it for you.  

Just looking at a color how would I determine the 'HSL' code/value/whatever
without a tool?

I'd rather not add yet another variable to the color mix.

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