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Re: [csswg-drafts] Change three color names (#5284)

From: Wendy Reid via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 13:49:01 +0000
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Agree with everything @hober and @XtinaSchelin have raised. I think it shows sensitivity to eliminate problematic colour names, even when it was unintentional. 

For `navajowhite` and `moccasin`, an additional issue is probably that they aren't particularly descriptive names for the colours? I noticed in looking at the list at large that most of the colour names are actually familiar or descriptive of the colour: `orangered` `mediumgreen` etc. To know that `navajowhite` is actually a shade of tan or that `moccasin` is closer to buff, you have to know those colours specifically. In this case I'd offer it's more effective to just rename them to something understandable as opposed to holding onto problematic language. 

I'd also add, since it's come up a few times that there's nothing wrong with `moccasin` since it's just a loan word, it's not the name of a colour in a different language, it's an item of footwear. I'd be comfortable with the loan word if it were a colour. Not to mention moccasins can come in a number of beautiful colours! 

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