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    Technically, a bit dim macdan's Avatar
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    Hi Sitepoint

    I've developed my design experience in the context of a limited set of web-safe colours. I was wondering what the general consensus was on this as more and more machines can handle 16 million colours.

    Does anyone know of any stats on what proportion of users are still limited to the web safe colours? Are more and more designers going beyond these colours?

    Thanks for any views.
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    I really don't worry about using a particular colour palette anymore as most of my visitors have either hi-colour or true-colour displays.

    Of those who have 256-colour displays, most browsers dither it anyway, even if the image was developed to a particular 'web safe' palette.

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    hey,

    its time to set your standards to 16 bit.
    unless the situation warrants it.

    whats the content of your site?
    you have to determine your audience. having a general statistical information would do good....

    for example, while statistics show most users use IE, some sites might have a audience of say 80% netscape or something. ( just an example )
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    Technically, a bit dim macdan's Avatar
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    HI there, I picked these stats off echoecho.com,

    does this mean that only 5% of users are limited to web safe colours?

    COLOR DEPTH
    55% 65.536
    26% 4.2 Bil
    11% 16.7 Mil
    05% 256


    Also what is 65.536 ? billion, million?

    Thanks again for any advice.
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    65,536 colors (256x256)

    I no longer use the web-safe color palette either considering the fact that monitor brightness/contrasts levels and video cards affect the eventual color output.
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    Technically, a bit dim macdan's Avatar
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    BC - do those 65,000 colours refer to any standard e.g. pantone? In other words is there any way I can pick one of those colours?

    thanks again
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    there is no "specific" color palette to choose from when talking about 16bit color. Your best bet would be to choose colors that go nicely together. Then switch your color depth to 16bit to see how they work together.

    If it looks decent on your monitor, then more than likely it will look good on others monitors. Keep in mind though that PC gamma is darker than Mac gamma. It is a safe bet that the overwhelming percentage of your users will be PC based. Unless you are www.apple.com or something like that.

    good luck MacDan
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    Thanks Creole - I think I've got enough info there to chew on! Looks like the web safe days are numbered. Good.
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    Hi,

    Incase you are interested there is a very interesting article on the web safe colour palete @ http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/00/37/index2a.html .

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    15 bit colour (32768 colours) uses 5 bits for each of red, green and blue.

    16 bit colour is sometimes 15 bit colour (ie an extra useless bit is added) but true 16 bit colour is 65536 colours - 5 bits for red, 6 bits for green and 5 bits for blue.

    5 bits for red means there is 32 possible levels of red (compared to 256 for truecolour). 6 bits for green (in true 16 bit) means there is 64 possible levels of green (256 in truecolour).

    highcolour is always either 15 or 16 bit. 15 bit colour is usually stored in 16 bit values, hence the confusion.

    highcolour is not palettised. It's not pantone or anything.

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    There is similar confusion between 24 bit colour and 32 bit colour. 32 bit colour is exactly the same as 24 bit colour but it is stored in 32 bits - the unused 8 bits can be used for various purposes such as transparency, etc - but this is specific to the software.
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