Browser-safe colors are expressed as amounts of RED, GREEN and BLUE in hexadecimal code (HEX) and always in this order. In the accompanying chart, the HEX color codes are compared with RGB values and percentages of each color. In the hexadecimal system, which is base 16, there are sixteen symbols: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, C, D, E, and F. Browser-safe colors are a very limited part of the spectrum possible on a monitor; 8-bit monitors are limited to displaying 256 colors, and the system software and browsers reserve up to 40 colors for their own use (256-40=216). The charts below present a complete palette of the 216 possible combination of 6 browser-save HEX codes taken three at a time. A 16-bit monitor can display 65,536 colors, and a 24-bit monitor, 16.7 million colors.
Colors can be specified for page <body bgcolor="#FFCC00">, table <table bgcolor="#FFFFFF">, and table data cell backgrounds <td bgcolor="#CCCCCC"> as well as for text <font color="#000000">. Color selection is facilitated by seeing the colors side by side. The next framed page presents a fixed palate of 12 color sets in 3 columns and alongside each of them a scrollable complete palate of the 216 colors (color groups in fixed palettes are noted along right side). Clicking on the top color tile in any fixed column will return you to this page. If the fixed sections extend beyond the edge of the viewable part of your monitor, put the cursor in a palate, and select "decrease font" from your browser menu; this will shrink the size of the color tiles.