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author-defined color aliases

From: Brant Langer Gurganus <brantgurganus2001@cherokeescouting.org>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 13:19:23 -0500
Message-ID: <3EECB8AB.2020007@cherokeescouting.org>
To: www-style@w3.org

While it is probably too late for CSS3 Color Module consideration, I 
believe that author-definable color aliases would be useful.  CSS can 
define the RGB values of common colors (red, green, blue, etc.) and then 
authors can define aliases to their commonly used RGB values.

Example of CSS-defined color (normatively included in specification):
@color-definition {
    name: white
    color: #FFFFFF

Example of Author-defined color:
@color-definition {
    name: almostBlack;
    color: #010101

Example Usage:
body {
    color: almostBlack;
    background-color: white

The advantages of such an addition to CSS would be more consistend color 
themes because there would be fewer chances for typos.  If I have a 
color like #7F027E, it is easier to associate that with a color name 
than to remember that obscure combination over and over.

Brant Langer Gurganus

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