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Re: CSS User Preferences for Colors Support Query

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 20:08:09 +0000
Message-ID: <475EEE29.2000203@splintered.co.uk>
To: wai-xtech@w3.org

Gregory J. Rosmaita wrote:

> is anyone aware of ANY user agents that support "User preferences for 
> colors", as defined in CSS2?  it seems like one of the most sane 
> approaches to honoring the user's default operating system environment's
> settings:

 From some tests I did back in 2005, I seem to remember that IE 6 (and 
possibly earlier) and Firefox do actually support system colors.

I raised the question of why system colors were deprecated in CSS3's 
color module
(see the thread starting here: 
but the discussion got nowhere fast, and the suggestion to retain system 
colors was simply rebutted with "that's what 'appearance' is for".

For kicks, I reinstated my old test page

Patrick H. Lauke
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