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In order to maximize the odds of having a web page look the same on different monitors and different browsers, we are limited to 216 colors on the Web. This is because each operating system reserves some colors for itself -- and the two don't reserve the same colors. UNIX is an entirely different breed.

The following (long) table is how I determine what these 216 browser-safe colors look like on PowerMac. Because color translates differently from paper to screen, I created this table rather than relying on books (or mousepads). I have also discovered that GIFs of the 216 colors sometimes look different (to my eye) than the colors as rendered by the browser via HTML code. Finally, this HTML document is smaller (file size) than an equivalent GIF.

In this table, I've made the areas of "white" between the blocks relatively large in order to more accurately judge the color. That being said, colors will still appear different depending on room lighting, depending upon which colors are next to them (or over them), and whether they are being viewed on a PC or Mac or Sun (brightness).

Moreover the same color will appear different to different people, because color is literally in the eye of the beholder. And about 8 percent of the male population suffers some degree of "color blindness."

For more about browser-safe colors, I recommend Lynda Weinman's books and her web site. If you only buy one book on web graphics and design, pick one of hers. They are excellent. Buy from Amazon.Com at this site and I get a small commission.


Browser Safe (216) Color Palette

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Some colors may appear in more than one color section. Use this formula to convert to RGB:
00 = 000   ||   33 = 051   ||   66 = 102   ||   99 = 153   ||   CC = 204   ||   FF = 255

Blues
330066 333366 000099 000066 003366
330099 3300FF 336699 006699 003399
0099FF 0066FF 0033FF 0000FF 0000CC
0033CC 0066CC 0099CC 3333FF 3366FF
3399FF 33CCFF 66FFFF 6699CC 6699FF
66CCFF 99CCFF 99FFFF 00FFFF 00CCFF
CCFFFF 3366CC 3399CC 33FFFF 33CCCC
6600FF 3333CC 333399 3300CC 6666CC
9999CC 666699 6633FF 6666FF 9999FF
6600CC 6633CC

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Purples
9966FF 9933FF 9900FF CC00FF CC33FF
CC66FF CC99FF CCCCFF 9966CC 996699
660099 663399 9900CC 9933CC 990099
CC6699 CC00CC CC33CC CC66CC 990066
CC99CC 993399 663366 FF99FF 660066

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Reds and Pinks
CC0000 FF0000 CC3333 CC3300 990000
FF0000 FF3300 FF0033 FF3333 FF6600
FF6633 FF0066 FF3366 FF6666 FF0099
FF3399 FF6699 FF9999 FF00CC FF33CC
FF66CC FF99CC FFCCCC FF00FF FF33FF
990033 CC0066 CC3366 CC0099 CC3399
993366 CC9999 CC6666 FF66FF FFCCFF

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Greens
339900 33CC00 33FF00 66FF00 66CC00
339933 33CC33 33FF33 66FF33 66CC33
669933 339966 33CC66 33FF66 66FF66
66CC66 669966 66CC99 66FF99 33FF99
33CC99 339999 33FFCC 66FFCC 66CCCC
CCFF99 CCFF66 CCFF33 CCFF00 CCFFCC
006666 006633 006600 006600 009900
009933 009966 009999 00CC99 00CC66
00CC33 00CC00 00FF00 00FF33 00FF66
00FF99 00FFCC 99FFCC 99FF99 99FF66
99FF33 99FF00 99CC00 99CC33 99CC66
99CC99 999966 999933 999900 669900
336600 336633 00CCCC 336666
99CCCC 669999

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Yellows
FFFF00 FFCC00 FF9900 FFFF33 FFFF66
FFFF99 FFCC66 FFCC33 FF9933 FFFFCC
CCCC99 CCCC66 CCCC33 CC9900 CC9933

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Greys
CCCCCC CCCC99 999999 666666 333333

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Everything Else
663300 660000 660033 663333 996666
996666 996633 996600 993300 993333
999966 999933 999900 CC9955 CC6633
CC6600 FFFFFF 330000 333300 330033
333333 003333 003333 003300 000000
666633 666600 CCCC00 CCCC99  
FF9966 FFCC99      

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