User talk:Quolla6/Color Table


Brown Brown [8 June 2008]

Bill, the brown brown looks red to me. Is this really brown?--Beth 19:52, 8 June 2008 (EDT)

There may be issues with regard to your computer's settings. However, I've found that the "names" don't exactly match up in some cases with what you or I would expect. "Brown" is a case in point. To me it also has a reddish cast. However, "Brown" is easier to remember than "#A52A2A". Try "SaddleBrown" instead. That comes out looking more like what I expect "Brown" to look like.
BrownSaddle Brown

Q 20:06, 8 June 2008 (EDT)

Issues and all someone has messed this up. Sienna brown is a yellowish brown and burnt sienna (sienna roasted) brown is a reddish brown; so this is burnt sienna brown. --Beth 20:16, 8 June 2008 (EDT)

Its possible. The display of the color is based on the hexadecimal code associated with the tag, and its conceivable that I, or whoever's work I based this on, has a mismatch between the codes and the names. However, when you type in a specific code name, the computer is going to respond with whatever it thinks the code should be for that particular color. So "Brown" does appear the way the table shows it with a slightly reddish color. Q 20:27, 8 June 2008 (EDT)

If you scroll to the bottom of the page you'll see a new table showing a comparison between the results that you get using the hexcode, and what you get using the color name. As far as I can tell the colors are identical. As I said, in some cases the color names don't really correspond well to what you or I would think they should, but these are the results you get with the color names---same as the corresponding code. If an error was made, it happened about 20 years ago when the HTML system was first introduced, and is now totally and unrecoverably embedded in programming practice. I'm afraid we'll just have to live with the discrepancies. Q 20:38, 8 June 2008 (EDT)

That is unfortunate. I don't like living with errors made 20 years ago; but yes the colors are identical. --Beth 21:02, 8 June 2008 (EDT)
A couple of things to keep in mind.
A) the problem may lie in the color balance of your monitor, not with the color names.
B) If you want greater precision, use the hexcodes. That way you can pick any of "millions of colors". Its not infinite, but its more than you would normally need access to. The drawbacks are that you don't get handy "names", but have to use the HexCodes. Not all HexCodes generate "computer safe" colors. Don't know if that's a problem anymore, but it used to be that only the colors with the names were "guaranteed" to look the same on any computer whose color adjustments were the same. Some of those hexcodes produced significantly different effects with different set ups.

If you want to try the hexcode approach, I can point you to what are called "Color Pickers" which allow you to select a color, and have it give you the corresponding hexcode. I could never remember the codes, so for consistency I went with the names. Q 21:14, 8 June 2008 (EDT)


Bill, the color names are fine. You and I both see the color as reddish so I really think it is a screw-up but I guess it is embedded into too many programs to change. It would be interesting to have a poll to see if the color looks brown to anyone. <g>--Beth 21:25, 8 June 2008 (EDT)
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