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Browser-safe Web color palette declared dead

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 29, 2003

Browser-safe Web color palette declared dead.

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J.T.Aug 29, 2003 at 1:29PM

Great news for anyone who actually still uses the accursed thing.

Next frag : 800x600 !

PierceAug 29, 2003 at 3:02PM

You can’t frag 800x600. Unless you mean fragging [spl?] designing sites for particular resolutions entirely. Maybe we could frag that.

If we frag 800x600, we have to frag 1024x768 and all the others too.

What does frag even mean?

dowingbaAug 29, 2003 at 5:34PM

It’s a nerdish way of saying “to get rid of”, originating arguably in Quake.

Dave S.Aug 29, 2003 at 6:01PM

Webmonkey debunked it a while ago anyway, but glad to see an ‘official word’.

Kat A.Aug 30, 2003 at 9:36AM

The term predates Quake, actually. In Vietnam, “fragging” was the process whereby soldiers would on occasion rid themselves of a hateful or grossly incompetent commanding officer, usually by means of lobbed explosives. (It happened. I know a guy who 30+ years ago participated in a fragging, figuring that the lieutenant in question was, unchecked, going to get both himself and the rest of his men killed.)

None of which, I guess, has anything to do with the 216-color palette, whose passing I applaud.

PaulAug 31, 2003 at 3:43PM

You’re saying 800x600 resolution is the next-worst thing to the browser-safe color palette? Gimme a break.

DavidAug 31, 2003 at 10:36PM

The 800x600 res isn’t nearly as bad as browser-safe, but it has its own little annoyances. E.g., when your mother decides that she likes her taskbar on the side of her screen instead of the bottom and wonders why she has to scroll around so much on her bank’s website. Sigh.

PierceSep 01, 2003 at 11:08AM

Re: David’s Mother
We could blame that one on Microsoft for allowing the toolbar to be moved to the side of the screen.
Levis don’t allow me to wear my jeans on my head, because it would mess with my functionality. Same thing… Exactly.

It’s fun to blame things on Microsoft. It’s like guiltless bitching. You’re never going to turn around and find Microsoft standing right behind you, looking hurt.

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