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Re: Why "color"

From: Ambrose Li <ambrose.li@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 13:23:43 -0500
Message-ID: <af2cae770902181023n7c198528j66fc5e064f723e9d@mail.gmail.com>
To: Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com>
Cc: Max Harmony <maxh@sdf.lonestar.org>, www-style@w3.org
2009/2/18 Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com>:
> On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 4:15 PM, Max Harmony <maxh@sdf.lonestar.org> wrote:
>> Why does CSS use the American spelling "color"? It was my impression
>> that the W3C was an international organisation, so why not use the
>> more common spelling "colour"?
>
> First of all, "used in more countries" does not mean "more common".
> Even if "color" is only the conventional spelling in America, America
> is *big* and influential, especially on the Internet.  I wouldn't take
> it for granted at all that "colour" is the more common spelling on the
> Internet.  Google gives several times as many hits for "color" and for
> "colour".

But would Google hits be meaningful at all without first filtering out
all words spelt "color" that is code (whether it's program code or
markup)?
It seems that most, if not all, programming languages are using the
American spelling, so unless we filter out everything that is code,
Google will always find the American spelling "more common".
-- 
cheers,
-ambrose

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