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Color and background-color warnings

From: Rieselbach, Erik <Erik.Rieselbach@pfizer.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001 12:39:02 -0400
Message-ID: <79B652B29839D5118FC400508BB23B470B45C2@nycexmb13.pfizer.com>
To: "'www-validator-css@w3.org'" <www-validator-css@w3.org>

I notice that when I validate my CSS files, I get a warning if for any given
element I specify a color without a background-color, or vice versa. I don't
see any rationale for this in the W3C CSS1 Recommendation
(http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS1#color-and-background-properties) -- in fact,
since color inherits and background-color defaults to "transparent" there's
no need to specify them explicitly for each element, it seems to me. 

Adding "color: inherit;" and "background-color: transparent;" eliminates the
validator's warnings, but why is this necessary?

With all best,

Erik Rieselbach

Pfizer HQ Graphic Design
Received on Thursday, 2 August 2001 12:41:17 UTC

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