Hexadecimal Colour Mnemonics 5 May, 2007 — 9 commentsStuart Brown

A new approach to remembering hex web colours?

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For a fortunate few, working with hexadecimal colours comes naturally - my experience stems from working with colour palettes whilst programming in BASIC some 15 years ago. Thankfully, hex colour codes persist today in CSS, so my early experience means working with hex colour is second nature. But what about those less versed in hexadecimal? Perhaps a mnemonical system could be employed...

  Black — 'Of obsidian occurrence' [ #000 / #000000 ]

  White — 'Fit for floodlights' [ #FFF / #FFFFFF ]

  Dark grey — 'For fairly foggy' [ #444 / #444444 ]

  Red / vermillion — 'Fiery warmth occurs' [ #F10 / #FF1100 ]

  Dusky orange — 'Earthy summer orange' [ #E70 / #EE7700 ]

  Golden yellow — 'For daffodils only' [ #FD0 / #FFDD00 ]

  Green — 'Of floral outlook' [ #0F0 / #00FF00 ]

  Sky blue — 'Near effortless flight' [ #9EF / #99EEFF ]

  Navy blue — 'Not for army' [ #04A / #0044AA ]

  Pink / magenta — 'Evidence of fuschia' [ #E0F / #EE00FF ]

Of course, HTML/CSS does facilitate a wide range of named colours, but that takes away the fun of the mnemonics, and there may be situations where named colours are not permitted.

Any more mnemonical suggestions? It's trickier than you think!

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