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luminous vs. reflective surfaces in visual stylesheets

From: dorian taylor <dorian.taylor.lists@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 22:22:41 -0700
Message-ID: <fcd5649a0908282222x5c8a80a5gd32708fad0e22c4b@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-style@w3.org

I was taking a long-overdue browse over the CSS3 drafts and was trying
to figure out how I would cleanly go about specifying separate style
directives for luminous and reflective surfaces. My use case is the
ability to specify light-on-dark colour schemes for luminous displays
and dark-on-light for reflective ones, inspired by this:
http://www.betaversion.org/~stefano/linotype/news/166/ .

It occurs to me that with the advent of technologies like E-Ink (e.g.
Kindle), as with various other reflective display technology either
extant or on the horizon that it might make sense to decouple the
luminosity of the display surface from the actual medium (e.g. print,
the CSS2 definition of handheld).

Perhaps it would make sense to add a "surface" media feature that can
take the values "luminous" and "reflective", as well as possibly
coalesce in "tactile" for surfaces like braille and hypothetical
TactaPad-like systems.

If this has already been addressed, please ignore.


Dorian Taylor
Received on Saturday, 29 August 2009 05:24:01 UTC

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