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Chapter 25. Color Concepts > Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting

Using Unsafe Colors

Q1: I want to use the colors found in a professional logo, but when I looked at their RGB and Hex values, I found that they weren't Web safe. Is it okay to use these colors anyway?
A1: Using unsafe color is risky, and I don't recommend it. However, there are times when unsafe color can be used. Here's a helpful set of guidelines:
  • You know your audience. And I mean know them! One situation where you might know them well would be a corporate intranet.

  • If you're less certain about your audience, but still interested in using unsafe color, test the colors for dithering at lower resolutions.

To test colors, drop your monitor down to 256 colors when viewing your page. If the color appears differently from what you originally determined, it's probably a good idea to revert to a safe color. You'll also want to be very thorough, testing your pages on a variety of browsers, platforms, and computer systems.


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