W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > www-validator-css@w3.org > May 2009

Re: Orange not a valid color value

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2009 20:46:36 +0300
Message-ID: <A461A5926FE74B949DD0FB4134735E40@JukanPC>
To: "Rick Bull" <rick@rickbull.com>, <www-validator-css@w3.org>
Rick Bull wrote:

>    I received the following error, telling me that orange was not a
> valid colour, even though it is in the CSS 2 spec.

It is not valid according to the CSS 2 specification.

>        URI : http://www.rickbull.com/misc/lotto/index2.php

404 Not Found, in varying variations.

> 49 tr:hover td Value Error : background-color
> <http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS2/colors.html#propdef-background-color>
> orange is not a color value : orange

Oddly enough, the CSS lint called "CSS Validator" refers to the CSS 2.1 
draft*) for information on CSS syntax, when checking against the CSS 2 
specification and specifically reporting an error when CSS 2 is violated but 
CSS 2.1 would allow the feature.

*) Which itself says: "This is a draft document and may be updated, replaced 
or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to cite 
this document as other than work in progress."

The morale? Well, don't use color names. They aren't a particularly good 
idea anyway. Use a color picker to select the color you want (say, _some_ 
orange color) and use the numeric value in some format allowed by CSS 
syntax. Use "CSS Validator" or other linter to check that those values are 
technically correctly written, among other things.

Yucca, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/ 
Received on Saturday, 16 May 2009 17:48:11 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.1 : Tuesday, 6 January 2015 21:40:45 UTC