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[css3-color] transparency, opacity, translucency

From: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 22:56:33 -0800
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There is a section in CSS Color called "Transparency: the ‘opacity’ property" [1].

I believe the word "transparency" is misused there. "Transparent" is defined in CSS Color as 'rgba(0,0,0,0)' and that fits with other English definitions too, in which transparent is at one end of the scale and opaque is at the other. The scale itself is one of translucency. "Translucent" usually means something between opaque (or completely opaque) and transparent (not opaque at all). Thus, I think the chapter should be renamed "Translucency: the ‘opacity’ property".

1) http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-color/#transparency
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