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transparent backgrounds

From: George Lund <george@lundbooks.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2002 17:20:55 +0100
Message-ID: <FFfermJn$4c9IAkk@lundbooks.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

Transparent backgrounds are a problem in authoring CSS, because the 
user/author stylesheet cascade can cause text on transparent backgrounds 
to be become unreadable.  The reasons for always specifying a background 
colour whenever a foreground colour is specified give rise to identical 
concerns as the use of transparent (see the warnings generated by CSS 

However, it is clear that in many cases it would be highly useful to be 
able get the effect that transparent has in order that, for example, a 
background image can show through - but without the risk of destroying 
compatibility with possible user style sheets as at present.

CSS 3 doesn't seem to have addressed the issue - but please point me in 
the right direction if I haven't spotted it.

What are the working group's thoughts on this?  Thanks
George Lund
Received on Monday, 2 September 2002 12:22:18 UTC

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