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Couple of things to help web designers & fanfic writers

PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 12:59 pm
by Captain Indigo
One is a codename generator for Captain Scarlet, using all of the colour codes currently listed on the Spectrum Headquarters Archive colour chart (you need to be a member of the SHQ Forum Archive group to follow this link). All you need to do is press the 'Delete' key on your computer when the file is open in order to produce a random colour. Easy peasy, huh?

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Works Spreadsheet

Lotus 1-2-3


The other tool is for web designers who have run into the same problem as me i.e. trying to create an image, button etc that will match the background colour of your page without resorting to gifs.
For those in the know, just skip this bit, cos I'm going to explain the prob for people who aren't.


If you've ever made a web page, or you're in any way familiar with HTML, you'll have noticed that colours are allocated a six-digit hexadecimal* number, or Hex code (e.g. black = 000000, white = ffffff, my font colour = 330099 etc.). However, most graphics programmes don't use this format, but make colours up from an RGB (red, green, blue) value, each one ranging from 0-255. Go into the colour pallette on Paint to get an idea of what I'm on about.
Now, FrontPage (and similar programs, I assume) will translate between the two if you've got the patience and a bit of common sense, but I recently noticed something - your Hex code is actually three two-digit numbers all stuck together, and FF just happens to equal the decimal number 255. Hex and RGB are the same things, just written differently.

Those people who already knew all that can come back now, because this is where I tell you that the second file is a translation programme for hex-RGB. All you need to do is plug in your hex number (in the three parts) and it will spit out your RGB numbers and vise versa, so you can play around in Paint or whatever you use and get the right colour first time.

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Works Spreadsheet

Lotus 1-2-3

To download, right-click the correct link and select 'Save target as...'

Have fun!
Captain Indigo

* Hexadecimal is a number system using sixteen characters (0-F - think 0-9 + A-F) instead of ten (0-9). Swotty people and those who do Control Tech for GCSE use it.