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HSL, RGB, multiple and Mac (fwd)

From: MegaZone <megazone@livingston.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 18:23:45 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <199712110223.SAA15295@server.livingston.com>
To: www-style@w3.org
Once upon a time Smith, Brooke shaped the electrons to say...
>Why can't multiple notations be used so that if someone understands RGB
>they can use that or HSL if they prefer that or ....  Possibly encode

Compatibility.

I set the background to 'black' or "#000000" - but then I use HSL to set
the foreground to white.

Browsers that exist *today* will not understand HSL, and are then highly
likely to set the background to black - and set the foreground to the most
common default: black.

Adding a new color encoding system to an entrenched, established system
is risky, and I don't consider it at all advisable.

There are already tools that can use HSL and RGB, so it isn't a hard thing
to set the HSL values you want, find the RGB match, and use RGB in the
document.  Change the tools, not the transport mechanism (CSS in this case).

-MZ
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