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Re: Why "color"

From: Philip TAYLOR <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 16:36:17 +0000
Message-ID: <499D8A81.6000100@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: Adam Twardoch <list.adam@twardoch.com>
CC: Philip TAYLOR <Philip-and-LeKhanh@Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org>, www-style@w3.org


Adam Twardoch wrote:

 > Philip TAYLOR wrote:

 >> But is there any deep reason (as opposed to
 >> superficial) why "colour" could not be introduced
 >> as a synonym ?
 >
 > Probably not. On the same course, let's introduce "kolor", "Farbe",
 > "цвет" and "couleur" as synonyms, too.

The suggestion is an interesting one.  It seems to me that
there are at least two ways in which we might make CSS
(and HTML) less Americo-centric :

1) Increase the size of the parser by several orders
of magnitude, and hard-wire in a table of equivalences
for each of the world's written languages.  Clearly
this is a non-starter.

2) Allow an optional LINK/REL record in both HTML and
CSS which specifies the URL of a language file containing
a sequence of ordered pairs; each ordered pair contains
the canonical name (in <Am.E> )and the equivalent name in
the user's preferred language.

If this idea were to be seriously considered, one could
envisage that the W3C would create and host a number of such
language files, one for each of the major languages in
use on the web today.

Philip TAYLOR
Received on Thursday, 19 February 2009 16:36:59 GMT

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