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Re: CSS 3 color module and deprecation of "system" colors

From: Daniel Glazman <daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com>
Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 22:32:16 +0200
Message-ID: <431CAB50.4040007@disruptive-innovations.com>
To: "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

Patrick H. Lauke wrote:

> Apologies for cross posting, but: could anybody shed some light as to
> why system colors have been deprecated in the CSS 3 color module?
> http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/CR-css3-color-20030514/#css-system
> In my recent testing on Windows browsers, I found them to be fairly well
> supported and would posit that they can have quite a valuable role to
> play in creating accessible style sheets that match the user's set
> colour scheme / preferences (e.g. if a user has set their Windows
> environment to High Contrast, a web page can be styled to follow that
> preference).

The 'appearance' property was introduced under the assumption that (a) system
colors are only one of the characteristics you want/need to apply to a given
element (b) you don't need to apply such a characteristic independently of
the others (c) system colors are too weak to represent precisely modern UIs
that often use a combination of colors.

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