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Re: [CfC] adding 'rebeccapurple' color to CSS Color Level 4

From: matmarquis.com <mat@matmarquis.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:21:28 -0400
Cc: Daniel Glazman <daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com>, www-style@w3.org
Message-Id: <415E1824-2985-4444-B9A2-CBB5C9535D53@matmarquis.com>
To: Gérard Talbot <www-style@gtalbot.org>
I’m a “W3C Invited Expert”—so I’m not sure I have anything in the way of say, here—but I’m in favor of this addition.

On Jun 19, at 1:27 PM, Gérard Talbot wrote:
> Le 2014-06-19 11:04, Daniel Glazman a écrit :
>> [snip]
> Daniel,
> I disagree with such proposal. I have nothing personal for or against Eric Meyer or his daughter. Of all the things that need to be corrected, reedited, changed, tested, modified, illustrated, etc.. in the specifications, this has to be the least significant one.

We can certainly all agree that there’s lots of work to be done. I propose we get back to doing that work by not spending any more time debating this issue, which has a profound level of support from the developer community and unanimous support from the major rendering engines.

This proposal costs nothing. There are no details for us to iron out, the single-line implementations were complete hours after it was first proposed, and letting this CfC quietly pass in no way stands to interfere with any of our daily work.

> Lots of people have contributed (volunteerly or not) to the advance of web standards. So where are you going to stop from now on?

Many great people have contributed to web standards, for sure, but few of them had so much influence over the widespread uptake of CSS as Eric Meyer. This is an especially unique situation where there’s an associated hex value—I don’t believe you’ll find many cases of this in the past, and if so I’m certain you won’t find that they went on to threaten the sanctity of `papayawhip`. A single data point isn’t much use in predicting a slope, let alone a slippery one. 

Yes, this is an emotion-driven issue. We’re people: people writing specs, concerned with making better careers for the people who build websites and a better web for the people who use them. In the face of a crushing tragedy suffered by someone responsible for the very nature of the careers we all enjoy, I can’t imagine not applying that same kind of empathy here.

I hope we can count on the support of everyone who feels the same way.

> If Microsoft wants to name its next browser the "Bill and Steve" web browser (instead of Internet Explorer 12), then that's their business.

> Gérard

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