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Internet Basics
   About the Internet
   About Web Browsers
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Getting Started
   Making Webpage Files
   Naming Webpage Files

HTML Basics
   About HTML Tags
   Basic HTML Page
   DTDs and Doctype Tags
   Spaces and New Lines
   Special Characters
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   Writing Headlines
   Adding Links
   Making Lists
   Comments in HTML

Images and Colors
   How to Add Images
   Sources of Images
   Image File Formats
   Optimizing Images
   Color in HTML & CSS
   "Web-safe" Color Chart

More Advanced HTML
   Making Tables
   Formatting with Tables
   Making Forms
   Using Imagemaps
   Using Frames
   Meta Tags

Cascading Style Sheets
   Intro to CSS
   Ways to include CSS
   Some Useful CSS
   CSS Hover for Links

   Promoting Your Site
   How-To's Homepage

Web-Safe Colors and Chart

Why web-safe

Web-safe colors are colors that show up as solid colors in all web browsers and systems that display at least 216 colors. These days that's pretty much all of them.

Non web-safe colors may dither on some monitors. When their computer tries tofigure out how to display this color that it can't display, it shows a mix of dots in two different colors. What is a beautiful beige on one monitor may be pink and purple dots on another one!

Is it necessary?

These days most users have millions of color available why not use the others? This question is discussed in an interesting Webmonkey article that you should read if you will be working with bothe graphics and colors on the web. They com up with a very small "Really-safe pallette" of colors that that are rendered the same whether in an image or html background on systems with different numbers of colors.

If you are using a color in a limited area such as a font color or a small part of a graphic and a non web-safe color really is noticeably better, you can probably get away with using it. I still wouldn't advise using one for large areas or background. If you do, find out what it looks like on as many systems as possible.

Knowing which colors are web-safe is easy. They all follow a simple rule. Only use 00, 33, 66, 99, cc, or ff for each color component (red, green, or blue).

Web Safe Color Chart

000000 000033 000066 000099 0000cc 0000ff 003300 003333 003366 003399 0033cc 0033ff
006600 006633 006666 006699 0066cc 0066ff 009900 009933 009966 009999 0099cc 0099ff
00cc00 00cc33 00cc66 00cc99 00cccc 00ccff 00ff00 00ff33 00ff66 00ff99 00ffcc 00ffff
330000 330033 330066 330099 3300cc 3300ff 333300 333333 333366 333399 3333cc 3333ff
336600 336633 336666 336699 3366cc 3366ff 339900 339933 339966 339999 3399cc 3399ff
33cc00 33cc33 33cc66 33cc99 33cccc 33ccff 33ff00 33ff33 33ff66 33ff99 33ffcc 33ffff
660000 660033 660066 660099 6600cc 6600ff 663300 663333 663366 663399 6633cc 6633ff
666600 666633 666666 666699 6666cc 6666ff 669900 669933 669966 669999 6699cc 6699ff
66cc00 66cc33 66cc66 66cc99 66cccc 66ccff 66ff00 66ff33 66ff66 66ff99 66ffcc 66ffff
990000 990033 990066 990099 9900cc 9900ff 993300 993333 993366 993399 9933cc 9933ff
996600 996633 996666 996699 9966cc 9966ff 999900 999933 999966 999999 9999cc 9999ff
99cc00 99cc33 99cc66 99cc99 99cccc 99ccff 99ff00 99ff33 99ff66 99ff99 99ffcc 99ffff
cc0000 cc0033 cc0066 cc0099 cc00cc cc00ff cc3300 cc3333 cc3366 cc3399 cc33cc cc33ff
cc6600 cc6633 cc6666 cc6699 cc66cc cc66ff cc9900 cc9933 cc9966 cc9999 cc99cc cc99ff
cccc00 cccc33 cccc66 cccc99 cccccc ccccff ccff00 ccff33 ccff66 ccff99 ccffcc ccffff
ff0000 ff0033 ff0066 ff0099 ff00cc ff00ff ff3300 ff3333 ff3366 ff3399 ff33cc ff33ff
ff6600 ff6633 ff6666 ff6699 ff66cc ff66ff ff9900 ff9933 ff9966 ff9999 ff99cc ff99ff
ffcc00 ffcc33 ffcc66 ffcc99 ffcccc ffccff ffff00 ffff33 ffff66 ffff99 ffffcc ffffff