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Knowledgebase: HTML
216 Browser-Safe Colors
Posted on 04 December 2003 11:30 PM

In order to help a web page look the same on different monitors and different computing platforms (Mac and Windows), some Site Owners limit themselves to 216 colors. What may look like a wonderful shade of blue on your computer may not look so wonderful on your visitor's computer. Also note that the same color will appear different to different people, because color is literally in the eye of the beholder. You also need to consider that each person will adjust their monitors to fit their individual tastes. If a monitor's contrast or brightness is set lower than yours, will the page still show up ok? For these reasons it is important to choose your colors wisely.

Colors can be an extremely complex subject for anyone serious about web site design--too complex for us to go into extreme detail in this guide. For more information about browser-safe colors and color selection, we suggest beginning your search with this link: http://www.webreference.com/dlab/9704/index.html

Click here to view a list of the 216 browser-safe colors
recommended for web design.