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Web Safe Colors

Posted by teejay on December 8, 2010

What exactly are web-safe colors?

There was a time that monitors could only show 256 colors. Any colors that were not in 256 colors, were either changed to the closest available color.

Sample of Web Safe Colors


Due to this constraint, a template of 216 web-safe colors were made and should be displayed across platforms correctly.

Do people need to learn what the web safe colors are?

Short answer, no

Long answer, there's no point since monitors have no evolved to show almost any color available to us. The only constraint for people to use web-safe colors is that their audience is only using 256-color monitors.

Categories: Web Design

Tags: colors

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