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Clarification of warnings

From: Mark Hanford <Mark.Hanford@cssa.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 12:25:00 +0100
Message-ID: <BFFCE91EE199D31190B8009027DDD25AC608CE@NTSERVER3>
To: "'www-validator-css@w3.org'" <www-validator-css@w3.org>
Dear W3C,
I often use your validation service for both HTML and CSS documents, and
have recent fallen foul (admittedly due to my own ignorance) of a slightly
unclear warning given by your CSS validator.
The style I tried to validate was 
body{ background-color: #ffffff }
and the warning was
Line : 1 Level : 1 You have no color with your background-color : body 
I spent some time trying to work out why #ffffff was not a colour, when it
dawned on me that the validator meant I had no "color" style specified,
rather than my colour was invalid.  I understand the reason for the warning,
white on white text etc, but was wondering if you had any plans to possibly
update the wording of the warning to make this clearer - i.e. maybe link the
"color" and "background-color" in the warning to the colors.html specs (like
it does for errors) - this would make it clear you meant the style and not
the colour.
This is just my pennies worth, but it stumped me for a while...
Mark Hanford
Received on Wednesday, 25 July 2001 07:25:47 UTC

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