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Re: user preferences for colors (was Re: CSS 2.1 WD and non-CSS presentational hints)

From: George Lund <george@lundbooks.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002 15:37:58 +0100
Message-ID: <Hl1eDMFG3Le9IAH9@lundbooks.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

In message <B99D21CE.168D6%tantek@cs.stanford.edu>, Tantek Çelik 
<tantek@cs.stanford.edu> writes
> http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-color/#css3-user

How does this relate to the brief section on color in the CSS 3 'values 
and units' document?

>ActiveHyperlink
> Active hyperlink background.
>ActiveHyperlinkText
...
>Given this entire thread of discussion, I'm not convinced that this is the
>right way to solve the problem of expressing user preferences for link
>colors.  There were also several last call comments saying as much, and
>going on to say that there needed to be even better/more user control over
>color.

Indeed, surely someone creating a user style sheet would be specifying 
actual colours for HTML elements, rather than somehow defining these 
'constants' in a manner outside of the language.  Obviously in most 
cases users themselves won't be creating user style sheets direct - but 
it would totally screw up any authoring tool that was designed to help 
users create their own personal style sheet, if it couldn't even 
influence link colour.

This looks like an attempt to introduce semantics into CSS, which is 
surely a _bad thing_ (tm).  If CSS wants to address xml:link documents 
as well as HTML, it would surely be better to just make sure that CSS 
has the selectors necessary to do the job.  That surely would be a 
better way of assigning a particular colour scheme to all links, rather 
than relying on some 'magic' to happen outside of the CSS layer which 
will define the values.

Maybe I am too late with comments like this though :-(

-- 
George Lund
Received on Friday, 6 September 2002 10:39:02 GMT

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