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When the web was just getting underway, computers for the most part were capable of displaying a maximum of 256 colors. This gave rise to a palette of 216 colors, common to the major computing platforms, with 40 colors reserved for operating system use. The 216 colors are the so -called Web-Safe Colors. This palette was initially well- documented by the founder of lynda.com, Lynda Weinman, in her book, Designing Web Graphics.
For the last ten years however, the majority of computers whether desktop, laptop, or mobile devices have left the 216 limit in the dust. The vast majority of computing devices today can show well over 16 million colors. Yet still, some beginning designers persist in feeling that they are limited to the Web-Safe palette, particularly when choosing their text colors. I think part of the responsibility for this feeling lies with Dreamweaver's Color Picker, which shows the 216 colors along with a column of primary colors.
While these colors are perfectly suitable for coloring your fonts, there is absolutely no reason not to take advantage of the full color spectrum.
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