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RE: [css-color-4] Renaming gray()

From: Jan Tosovsky <j.tosovsky@email.cz>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:11:22 +0200
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On 2014-07-23 Lea Verou wrote:
> The gray() functional notation [1] is a great idea for specifying
> desaturated colors with varying degrees of transparency in a concise
> and
> readable way. However, I’m not sure about the naming. Right now, the
> named color `gray` corresponds to gray(50%). gray(0%) is black and
> gray(100%) is white.

Some XSL-FO formatters use 'grayscale' psedo profile for this:

But I take it rather as a syntactic sugar for CMYK: 0,0,0,blac(K).

However, if I understand correctly, CSS gray is sRGB based and hence potentially problematic for printing when transformed to device profiles. 

I like the approach of pseudo Gray/CMYK profiles as they allow me defining exact values which are preserved (in the PDF output) without profile conversions. So when I define gray, it is printed as shade of black instead of RGB composition. 

Btw, as non native speaker I am very often confused by grey/gray mess and it is unclear which one to use ;-)

Would 'lightness' be misleading here?

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