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Chapter 5. Advanced Graphics > Using the Browser-Safe Color Palette

Using the Browser-Safe Color Palette

Lynda Weinman, a popular author on the topics of Web graphics and color, has advanced the idea of a browser-safe palette—a set of colors rendered the same way by any browser on any platform. Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer both use the same default 256-color palette when rendering Web pages, but because of slight differences between the PC and the Macintosh, 40 of these colors can appear differently, depending on the platform. If you remove these 40 colors from the default palette, the remaining 216 colors compose a palette that should appear the same regardless of a user's hardware or software.

The browser-safe color palette is freely available from http://www.lynda.com/hex.html, ordered both by hue and by RGB color values. You are welcome to download the palette and use it to make your GIF images and other colored page elements as browser friendly as possible. Macintosh users can check out Pantone's ColorWeb color selection application at http://www.pantone.com/catalog/colorwebss.html.


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