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Does the validator highlight this widespread mistake?

From: Colin McKenzie <colin@proof-read.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2007 15:04:47 +0000
Message-ID: <459FBA8F.4070006@proof-read.co.uk>
To: www-validator@w3.org

Hi.

The web-authoring FAQ says:
"If you want others to view your web page with specific colors, the 
most appropriate way is to suggest the colors with a style sheet. 
Cascading Style Sheets use the color and background-color properties 
to specify text and background colors. To avoid conflicts between the 
reader's default colors and those suggested by the author, these two 
properties should always be used together."

But in many websites they aren't always used together, and my emails 
of complaint usually produce blank lack of comprehension that there's 
a problem.

Many huge websites - Amazon, Yahoo, my bank, etc etc - have parts 
which define one or the other but not both. Maybe if I could point 
them at a respected validator that reports the errors, they might do 
something about it.

So, if the validator doesn't highlight code that defines text color 
but not background color (or vice-versa), please could it be changed 
so that it does?

Thanks

Colin McKenzie
Received on Sunday, 7 January 2007 17:04:02 GMT

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