Colour Selection

Selecting a suitable colour combination may be difficult, particularly if you are not properly familiar with the way that colours need to be defined to web pages.

Firstly, there are approximately 16.8 million different colours to choose from. These colours are defined to your web page using a special seven character code that starts with # and is then followed by two characters representing the red component of the colour, two characters representing the green component, and finally two characters representing the blue component. Each of these three components can have any of 256 different values representing the "strength" of that component colour within the final colour. The possible values are hexadecimal numbers and vary between 00 and FF (255). To save you the trouble of converting the decimal values for your colours into their hexadecimal equivalents the form below can do it for you.

The form also allows you to select background, text, and border colours. When you press the Change button the appropriate hex codes will be displayed and a selection of text below the form will be updated to reflect your selected colour scheme. This will help you to determine whether your proposed colours go together appropriately.

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Note that the colour update function does not work in Netscape 4.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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