Re: CSS 3 color module and deprecation of "system" colors

On 9/5/05, Chris Lilley <> wrote:
> On Saturday, September 3, 2005, 4:42:53 PM, Patrick wrote:
> PHL> Apologies for cross posting, but: could anybody shed some light as to
> PHL> why system colors have been deprecated in the CSS 3 color module?
> PHL>
> PHL> In my recent testing on Windows browsers, I found them to be fairly well
> PHL> supported
> Yes (like the X11 colors which are also well supported in HTML browsers,
> now termed the 'SVG colors' in CSS3 color module) they are well
> supported in practice.
> PHL>  and would posit that they can have quite a valuable role to
> PHL> play in creating accessible style sheets that match the user's set
> PHL> colour scheme / preferences (e.g. if a user has set their Windows
> PHL> environment to High Contrast, a web page can be styled to follow that
> PHL> preference).
> Yes, correct. Its not just on Windows, either.
> Thinking about tests in a test suite, what would the pass criteria be?

That's not a problem with the concept of system colors, nor should it
be. Not all things can be tested against a static image, especially
things based on the operating system or UA preferences.

How would one test the values sans-serif or serif for font? The answer
is while you can provide examples a single image will not work.


Orion Adrian

Received on Monday, 5 September 2005 16:32:15 UTC