Re: [css] Proposal: making Shorthand Hex Colors even shorter (16 grayscale shades)

On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 1:35 PM, Brian Manthos <> wrote:
> /confused
> Let's see if I can get this straight.
> You're opposed to 2 digit expansion because it follows a different pattern.
> But you're ok with 1 digit expansion which is a degenerate flavor of 2 digit expansion's pattern.

No.  1-digit expansion can legitimately be explained as *either* using
the same pattern as 2-digit expansion *or* 3-digit expansion.  It's a
degenerate case, and like all degenerate cases, is somewhat

> What should 4 digit expansion do?  Should it expand characters in both ways (same channel and across channels)?  I think we can agree on a strong "No!" at such chaos.

Holy jeezus no.

> What I *would* like to see considered is using 4 digit and 8 digit syntax as an alternative to rgba().  Supporting any flavor of 1, 2, 4, or 5 digit syntax *before* addressing support for RGBA seems like a paint-your-self-in-a-corner exercise.

I have a patch for Webkit that's been pending for the last year on
Colors 4 introducing that syntax (Hyatt won't let me introduce it
until it's in a spec *somewhere*).  Once someone has editting time to
actually write it, I can drop it right in, because it's a trivial
thing to add, as I'm sure you know.  ^_^


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