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Re: [css-colors] Specify the System Colors colors

From: Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 09:57:12 +0200
To: "Dirk Schulze" <dschulze@adobe.com>, "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Cc: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.w2rxpmvvidj3kv@simons-macbook-pro.local>
On Sat, 31 Aug 2013 02:04:59 +0200, L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org>  

> If we standardize on a set of colors, I think it would make more
> sense to use a set of colors from the default theme of a recent
> Windows version than to use the Android/iOS defaults.

Works for me.

Why do you think that would make more sense? Because the CSS system colors  
were copied from Windows?

> So I think there are two separate privacy/security concerns:
> spoofing (presenting fake dialogs to the user that appear to be
> real) and fingerprinting (using data that differs between users to
> identify them).
> In practice, I'm not that worried about spoofing.  Users seem to be
> spoofed just fine with screenshots of dialogs.  (Perhaps that's a
> sign that there's so much non-native-looking UI around that users
> have no expectation of native-looking UI.)  Though spoofing could
> become more of a risk in the future, I suppose.
> The fingerprinting is perhaps more of a real concern, but I think
> this is far from the worst fingerprinting vector available in CSS.
> (I suspect that's fonts.)

I agree.

Do you think it is pointless to get rid of weak fingerprint vectors so  
long as there are stronger fingerprint vectors?

Simon Pieters
Opera Software
Received on Monday, 2 September 2013 07:51:01 UTC

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