Web-Safe Colors

Technology has really expanded and evolved in the past decade. Each time I research and write about it, I’m constantly reminded. And that’s something that can’t be ignored as it has grown so much that technology has woven itself into our daily lives. Because such an innovation has rapidly improved in many ways, the problems and limits that followed such tech are now long gone. For example, not being able to see every color on the monitor. Not because it was in monochrome (of course) but because the computer monitor couldn’t display every color. In this moment, we’ll dive into the technical problems of the late 18th century.


The Rise of Web Safe Colors

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In 1977, home computers were created and became a common home appliance around the 1980s. As amazing as the new technology was, it was very confined in what it could’ve done, especially compared to today’s computers. In terms of colors, computer monitors could only project 256 colors. So, when there was an image or graphic was couldn’t be displayed on the monitor, the closest color to the original that the monitor could use would replace it. To make thing simpler, a color palette of 216 colors were chosen as ‘web-safe’. So, what were these colors and how did they work?

The Complex Color Palette

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For starters, these web-safe colors didn’t come with names, but were identified by certain RGB values: 0, 51, 102, 153, 204, and 255. Since these numbers are multiples of 51, they are used via percentages to determine the reduction of red, green, and blue. Basically, starting with 255 each color loses its hue by each 51 reduced, leaving you with 36 colors in one palette and 6 groups of colors. If that sounds too complicated, it’s because it is complicated. But this carefully calculated formula allowed a variety of colors to be displayed through all monitors of different brands.

Do We Still Need It?

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With all this information, a question arises: should we still stick to web-safe colors when placing images and graphics into the Internet? As stated before, this was the solution to a problem involving monitors that could only show at most 256 colors. But today, that’s no longer a consideration with how much our technology has advanced. Most digital/ graphic designers wouldn’t ask themselves this question anymore. However, it’s still a valid question to wonder. And the answer varies on the uploader. Web-safe colors are still a color mode that can be used but isn’t necessary unless you want to allow more antique monitors see the graphics clearly. But overall, web-safe colors are still important, even if it’s not such a concern anymore.


With such a complicated topic and basic analyzation, it’s not wrong to still have questions. If you would like to further explore the history behind web-safe colors, here’s the website I used for its history and functionality. Enjoy!

Learning the Basics of Computers

When asking a random person about the parts of a computer, the first thing that comes to mind in the “computer screen”, the computer mouse, and the keyboard. I know this because I was one of those random people who knew nothing; yesterday to be exact. But the computer has developed over time to become one of the most innovative tech advance in the world. Such a development deserves proper acknowledgement and research. So I’ve taken the initiative to do the studying for you, thanks to an awesome book outline and website! The first element that should be identified is the Monitor, which uses a video card in the actual computer to display everything a user sees once they turn it on. This is mainly because this is the first thing a computer user sees.

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A basic user would say that the monitor (showing off in style) is what does all the work. However, the main focus is the Motherboard, holding all of the computer components found inside the computer case together. The Central Processing Unit or CPU, for starters, is what constantly processes every spec of data they gather and execute. Every search and action we make is accurately followed by the CPU. Working beside it is the Random Access Memory or RAM, which is stored information that can be retrieved at any moment. With RAM, a user and store info, take them back out, and use them whenever they need to. The amount of RAM in a computer depends on the purpose of the computer or its Operating System (OS). Another method of memory storage in a computer is the Hard Drive, which tangibly stores a user’s information rapidly even when the computer is shut off. There’s also the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives that reads media drives that can be removed. To put it in simpler terms, a computer can process CDs and DVDs.

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A basic computer is also capable to connect to extensions such as a mouse, a type of pointing device, and a keyboard, made to communicate and control the OS. Of course based on the type of computer, there’s much more accessories that are compatible. But a common PC – Personal Computer – usually needs just a keyboard and computer mouse to regularly function. With this much information on computer components, you should at least have a good enough understanding on its parts and overall purpose. Hope you enjoy this new knowledge! (Or don’t, I don’t dictate your life.)