Through the 6x6x6 Color Cube
An Interactive Voyage

corner to corner | face to face

[one slice of the color cube]
animate me

The 6x6x6 Color Cube contains the 216 colors that appear without dithering in web browsers for the PC and Macintosh platforms. One corner of the color cube is white. The corners closest to it are cyan, magenta, and yellow. The next three corners are red, green, and blue. The remaining corner is black. You can see all 216 colors in the image above if your browser supports animated GIF images.

These 216 colors are good to use wherever you need pure flat color on your web pages, such as type, backgrounds, and simple illustrations. The colors are made of red, green, and blue light. The hexadecimal codes that describe them in web pages have the form #RRGGBB, where each pair is one of these values: 00, 33, 66, 99, CC, or FF. If you are building these colors in an illustration program that uses the RGB color model, the following table may be useful:

hexadecimal 00 33 66 99 CC FF
    decimal  0 51102153204255
    percent  0 20 40 60 80100

On the pages in this site, you can wander interactively through the color cube and see squares of these colors against both black and white backgrounds, as well as against whatever background you use in your browser. If you move your cursor over a color you will see its hexadecimal code displayed wherever your browser shows link names. If you select the color, you will see what white, gray, and black text looks like on top of the color and what the color looks like as text on top of white, gray, and black backgrounds.

I've set up a trip that moves from corner to corner along the diagonal that joins the white corner to the black corner. I've also included the more traditional face to face exploration, along the blue axis. Some links to other sites about color are also available from this page.

corner to corner | face to face

William I. Johnston
wij@world.std.com

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