Beyond Web safe colors

6 Nov 2003 - 11:35pm
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Dan Saffer
2003

As far back as 2000, the web-safe color palette was being called into
question:

http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/00/37/index2a.html?tw=design

Plus recent statistics like these:

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

Doesn't seem lik eit should be much of an issue any more...

Dan

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7 Nov 2003 - 9:55am
Beth Mazur
2003

Lynda Weinman, queen of the browser-safe palette, has a
great explanation for why it's generally fine to stop
designing with browser-safe palettes. See it at
http://www.lynda.com/hex.html

My feeling is that the browser-safe palette wasn't
a particularly stable crutch anyways. It may have
prevented some nasty dithering problems, but it
didn't get folks to the world of PMS colors where
one could ensure that a logo, for example, rendered
the same shade on different monitors.

Beth Mazur
IDblog: http://idblog.org

7 Nov 2003 - 9:54am
Jay Goldman
2003

We stopped designing to the 'web safe' palette about two years ago. It
may have been slightly ahead of the curve, but we have yet to get a
complaint from a client. Interestingly, we've now run into a new
problem in which one of our clients uses primarily laptops and LCD flat
screens in their office with the result that the background colour for
their site appears to be quite different when either of us view it. We
ended up getting a bunch of machines into one room with different types
of screens and choosing the colour they consistently liked best.

Jay

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On Nov 6, 2003, at 11:35 PM, Dan Saffer wrote:

> As far back as 2000, the web-safe color palette was being called into
> question:
>
> http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/00/37/index2a.html?tw=design
>
> Plus recent statistics like these:
>
> http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp
>
> Doesn't seem lik eit should be much of an issue any more...
>
> Dan

6 Nov 2003 - 7:35pm
richard at eshi...
2003

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