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[whatwg] Accept full CSS colors in the legacy color parsing algorithm

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 20:18:04 +0000 (UTC)
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1107152014060.3775@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Fri, 15 Jul 2011, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
> 
> I'll note, though, that the spec algorithm seems to be Firefox's 
> behavior, which differs in a few significant points from IE's.  In 
> particular, IE doesn't strip whitespace from the color, doesn't have the 
> same "truncate at 128 bytes" behavior, and doesn't recognize a 3-digit 
> hex color as a CSS color (instead parsing it with legacy rules).
> 
> I doubt it matters too much, but was there any particular reason you 
> went with Firefox over IE here?

See:

http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=9847
http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=12372

Basically, it looks like IE does strip whitespace in some cases, the main 
difference is that it doesn't handle #123 the same as #112233. Since that 
would introduce an incompatibility with CSS, and since there was no 
interop on that case, I figured (based on input from Aryeh and dbaron) we 
might as well go with the sane behaviour.

Interop isn't perfect here so there's not really any winning whatever we do.

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