[thelist] What css browser bug needs "background: transparent"?

Stephen Rider evolt_org at striderweb.com
Fri Jun 25 16:47:37 CDT 2004

I think it has a lot to do with the general rule of thumb:
	"Any time you specify a text color, also specify a background color."

This is to avoid potential issues where a user might have set a 
user-defined stylesheet that inadvertently mess up the display.  I 
can't remember other reasons, but I do believe there were some....


On Jun 25, 2004, at 4:05 PM, Elly wrote:

> I've been searching for the reason why I so often see "background: 
> transparent" used when transparent is default for background-color.
> I assumed it must be for some older Windows browser bug, being only 
> able to test conveniently on Mac browsers, and finally found this for 
> Netscape 4 Windows, at the CSS Pointers Group, in the bugs section:
> http://www.css.nu/pointers/bugs-nn.html
> which has a few points about using background: transparent.
> I see it used with the link pseudo class selectors, and that is where 
> I've always questioned using it, but never did since the standard 
> shows transparent is default for background-color.
> I'm wondering why this is the only reference I've seen on using 
> background: transparent when it seems unecessary, and would like to 
> hear from others clarification on when and for what browser bug(s) 
> this is used.
> Elly
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