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About transparent background

From: <webmaster@eschultheiss.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 22:32:13 -0400
To: www-validator-css@w3.org
Message-id: <4333692D.6050508@eschultheiss.org>

I've read some of the archived messages on the W3 website and read your 
opinion of transparent background (probably main reason why the CSS 
Validator now has transparent backgrounds show as as "warnings").

A background-color of transparent ensures that whatever is behind an 
element is visible, rather than obscured by the background of the 
element. This is particularly useful with positioned elements, which 
might overlap two or more elements.  Laying and floating are main 
reasons why CSS was created in the first place (besides the obvious 
reason of making it easier for web devolpers).  Giving a "warning" to a 
transparent background is wrong.

I've also read what you think about the difference between "warnings" 
and "errors", but understand from a devolpers point of view that no one 
wants to see ANY type of negitive message when validating their CSS.  
Even a mere warning can give the impression that someone doesn't know 
what he/she is doing, even if he/she is a skilled web devolper that 
mastered CSS.

I strongly suggest you re-add transparent backgrounds to your list of 
things the CSS Validator view as "acceptable" and now output warnings on 

People need to be able to give *some* elements transparent background, 
and they don't want to get a warning in doing so.

Please consider this.
Received on Friday, 23 September 2005 06:25:14 UTC

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