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Re: Colour gradient backgrounds.

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@iinet.net.au>
Date: Sun, 16 May 2004 12:40:16 +1000
Message-ID: <40A6D490.2090805@iinet.net.au>
To: W3C Style List <www-style@w3.org>

LĂ©onie Watson wrote:
>     SVG does present a workable alternative, but it still has minimal
> support, which I think someone else already mentioned. SVG is likely to take
> some time before it reaches critical mass in terms of support and
> implementation, something css is already well in advance of.

   Lack of support for an existing standard, such as SVG, which can 
already produce the desired effects, is no reason start filling in the 
gaps in CSS, using new properties which will also take quite some time 
to get widely implemented.

   As I said in a previous post, being able to apply images to 
foregrounds, as is currently possible with backgrounds, would allow more 
flexibility than any of the current gradient proposals.  Extending the 
Color module with the following properties should solve this:


   Where each 'foreground-*' property is equivalent to it's matching 
'background-*' property, except that they apply to the colour/image of 
the foreground (ie. the text).

   A few other people have suggested 'color: url()', however I don't 
think this would make sense because 'background-color: url()' also 
doesn't exist.

   So, ignoring the lack of support, the only issues I can think of that 
would prevent the use images would be the scaling problems (associated 
with raster graphics), and file size/download times.  However, vector 
graphics, such as SVG, or even (to a lesser extent) proprietary types 
such as Macromedia Flash already cover these issues reasonably well.

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Saturday, 15 May 2004 22:40:48 UTC

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