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Chapter 5. Working with Color Fills and ... > Web-Safe (Browser-Safe) Colors

Web-Safe (Browser-Safe) Colors

The colors you see on your monitor are measured in the number of data bits that your video card can render. (This is also known as number of colors.) The least-common denominator user has an 8-bit, or 256-color, capable monitor.

The browser, however, has its own reduced palette of 216 colors, which is known as the web-safe color palette. A thorough understanding of color depth and web-safe color is essential when you create art for web pages. Eventually, web-safe color will follow the dinosaurs’ fate as more systems support 32-bit color depth, or millions of colors.


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