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Re: New Working Draft published: CSS3 module: Color

From: Dylan Schiemann <dylans@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 17:32:04 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <20010309013204.9143.qmail@web124.yahoomail.com>
To: www-style@w3.org
Regarding the X11 color keywords, I have to ask why
these are becoming part of the spec.?  Don't flame me
or take this as a flame, I just really want to know
why.  

I've never though it was a very good naming system. 
Take for example the first color.  When I see the
description AliceBlue, I don't think of the color that
I see, which is a faint pastel blue.  While I can't
think of a better system off the top of my head, I am
sure other people have thought of schemes which are
more descriptive and consistent, and which don't
require knowing a list of 140 color names.  This sort
of large, inconsistent naming scheme is what bothers
me most about it.

Maybe something that include up to three color names
(out of the existing 16) and an optional description
from a list of 10 or 15 descriptive words for each
would be better.  For example, PastelBlueDarkGreen . 
Really, though, it isn't much better.

I seem to remember a proposal a while ago to use
things like darker and lighter which didn't go over
very well.  Isn't a larger list of named colors really
the same thing, just less consistent?

-Dylan Schiemann


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