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Re: [CSS4 color][CSS4 transition] color pre-multiplied vs non pre-multiplied was (Re: [CSSWG] Minutes TPAC Tue 2012-10-30 AM I: Abstract Directions, Transforms, Transitions)

From: Rik Cabanier <cabanier@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 07:54:04 +1100
Message-ID: <CAGN7qDC179ctqOrBKaAKNYfTQ4xiyRsoPE2JiuwLFi4OiPNi0A@mail.gmail.com>
To: Alan Gresley <alan@css-class.com>
Cc: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>, Simon Fraser <smfr@me.com>, fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 11:27 PM, Alan Gresley <alan@css-class.com> wrote:

> On 5/02/2013 3:52 PM, Brad Kemper wrote:
>  Wrong and correction. A pre-multiplied gradient of yellow to
>>> transparent to blue compiste of a whitye background is identical to
>>> a gradient of yellow to white to blue (fully opaque).
>>> What do you want to achieve with a gradient that has alpha
>>> transparency and have you tested any of this by observing the
>>> difference between pre-multiplied colorspace and non pre-multiplied
>>> colorspace?
>> As I recall, last time I had a problem with the way Safari does
>> gradients, it was a solid color to transparent, and the stuff
>> underneath it was variable, some white, some other colors. I just
>> wanted the color to fade to transparent over the varied background,
>> but instead it looked dirtier as it faded out.
> Was this for a gradient with two color stops or three color stops? For a
> gradient with two color stops, you can avoid the dirtier composite color
> (really just less lighter ~ HSL) by going to it transparent counterpart.
> Like red to transparent-red or yellow to transparent-yellow. For a gradient
> with two color stops (transparent at one end), a non pre-multiplied
> gradient going back to it transparent-color is the same as a pre-multiplied
> gradient going to transparent (the keyword does not have a special meaning).
> BTW, the way Safari does gradients is the way that Firefox does gradients
> prefixed and now un-prefixed (since FF16). The gradients are done in non
> pre-multiplied colorspace.

The spec says they should be premultiplied so Opera and IE have implemented
it that way.
I'm unsure what we can do next. I have not seen anyone offer to update the
spec text...
Received on Tuesday, 5 February 2013 20:54:31 UTC

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