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000000 through 00FFFF
000000 000033 000066 000099 0000CC 0000FF
003300 003333 003366 003399 0033CC 0033FF
006600 006633 006666 006699 0066CC 0066FF
009900 009933 009966 009999 0099CC 0099FF
00CC00 00CC33 00CC66 00CC99 00CCCC 00CCFF
00FF00 00FF33 00FF66 00FF99 00FFCC 00FFFF
330000 through 33FFFF
330000 330033 330066 330099 3300CC 3300FF
333300 333333 333366 333399 3333CC 3333FF
336600 336633 336666 336699 3366CC 3366FF
339900 339933 339966 339999 3399CC 3399FF
33CC00 33CC33 33CC66 33CC99 33CCCC 33CCFF
33FF00 33FF33 33FF66 33FF99 33FFCC 33FFFF
660000 through 66FFFF
660000 660033 660066 660099 6600CC 6600FF
663300 663333 663366 663399 6633CC 6633FF
666600 666633 666666 666699 6666CC 6666FF
669900 669933 669966 669999 6699CC 6699FF
66CC00 66CC33 66CC66 66CC99 66CCCC 66CCFF
66FF00 66FF33 66FF66 66FF99 66FFCC 66FFFF
990000 through 99FFFF
990000 990033 990066 990099 9900CC 9900FF
993300 993333 993366 993399 9933CC 9933FF
996600 996633 996666 996699 9966CC 9966FF
999900 999933 999966 999999 9999CC 9999FF
99CC00 99CC33 99CC66 99CC99 99CCCC 99CCFF
99FF00 99FF33 99FF66 99FF99 99FFCC 99FFFF
CC0000 through CCFFFF
CC0000 CC0033 CC0066 CC0099 CC00CC CC00FF
CC3300 CC3333 CC3366 CC3399 CC33CC CC33FF
CC6600 CC6633 CC6666 CC6699 CC66CC CC66FF
CC9900 CC9933 CC9966 CC9999 CC99CC CC99FF
FF0000 through FFFFFF
FF0000 FF0033 FF0066 FF0099 FF00CC FF00FF
FF3300 FF3333 FF3366 FF3399 FF33CC FF33FF
FF6600 FF6633 FF6666 FF6699 FF66CC FF66FF
FF9900 FF9933 FF9966 FF9999 FF99CC FF99FF

Each color in this system is composed of 3 parts, each with 2 digits. The first 2 digits are the amount of red in the color, in hexadecimal (see below). The second 2 digits are the amount of green in the color, also in hex, and the final 2 digits are the amount of blue in the color, in hex.

The theory is that you can create any color you'd like by combining different amounts of red, green, and blue.

Hexadecimal is not hard - it's base 16 (relax - you'll get it). What that means is that instead of counting from 01 to 09 and then changing the first digit (going to "10"), you count from 01 to 09, then you still have 0A through 0F before you change the first digit (again, "10"). So, a list of the first 35 numbers in hex:
00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 0A 0B 0C 0D 0E 0F 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 1A 1B 1C 1D 1E 1F 20 21 ...

And here's a list of the last 35 numbers in hex:
... DE DF E0 E1 E2 E3 E4 E5 E6 E7 E8 E9 EA EB EC ED EE EF F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 F8 F9 FA FB FC FD FE FF

Time to use hex in colors. Let's start simple and try pure red. We want the highest possible value for the 2 red digits, and the lowest possible values for the green and blue. That means the red digits will be "FF", green will be "00" and blue will be "00". This gives us "FF0000".

Let's see:

<FONT COLOR="FF0000">Sample Text</FONT>

Let's try another color - one with a little red (40), lots of green (A0) and tons of blue (EA). That totals "40A0EA".
<FONT COLOR="40A0EA">Sample Text</FONT>

The idea is that you can create any color you can imagine by combining the three primary colors. White is FFFFFF and black is 000000 and there are limitless possibilities in between.

If you stick to the numbers 0, 3, 6, 9, C, and F, you're likely to end up with one of the 216 colors that Windows is guaranteed to support. In fact, you should choose one of those numbers and use it for both digits of a color (such as CC33FF. You'll notice that all of the colors in this chart were created this way. You CAN choose other numbers, but your users may not be using a computer that can show them the way you intended. If you REALLY want to play it safe, use the 16 color names that Microsoft and Netscape both support.

I've created some scripts to help show you the possible colors - check out Steve's Javascript Page and look under the COLOR SCRIPTS heading.

And if you want to take your chances, there's a page with all 216 of the named colors that you can use with later edition browsers.

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