Re: Color - HTML

Brandon Plewe (
Wed, 25 Jan 1995 20:30:22 +0100

>>I would like to know if is possible to have more color (no only blue)
>>in the text in a page, that was written in HTML.
>There is a constant battle between people who want HTML to remain true
>to the SGML "idea" and those that want to turn it into a variant of X
>and/or TeX. To specify colors is contrary to the spirit of HTML as a
>kind of SGML. The idea is that if we let people get down to minute
>rendering details with HTML, it will no longer be a one-size-for-all
>system, and it will no longer be easy to write and manipulate.

I agree with you that fine-level control by _providers_ of color is not
appropriate in HTML (except as suggestions through stylesheets). However,
I think _users_ should have some control, at the element level. For instance:
<H1> is big text and Red
<em> is yellow, instead of italics
The normal text is blue

I believe some browsers, such as WinWeb, support this now.

Brandon Plewe