Talk:Aqua (color)

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Aqua and Cyan[edit]

Is anyone sure aqua and cyan are agreed completely by all Internet sites that match RGB coordinates with names?? (See the discussion at Talk:Magenta and Talk:Fuchsia (color) for something to compare with. Georgia guy 00:11, 18 December 2005 (UTC)

The CSS 2.1 Specification uses aqua as the primary name for #00FFFF. As far as I know, aquamarine is the full, common name for real-world uses. Besides, it's not "sites" that have to agree on the names, it's the W3C and web browser developers. And so they did. Matveims 05:40, 18 December 2005 (UTC)
Now, if aqua and aquamarine are synonyms, then this should probably be a re-direct to Aquamarine (color). Any reason to disagree please explain. Is there one?? Georgia guy 14:39, 18 December 2005 (UTC)
Of course there is a reason. Aquamarine is  #7FFFD4 , and Aqua is  #00FFFF  (same as Cyan). However, there are separate pages for aqua and cyan, since one is a web color, and the other is not. Before, aqua in Template:Web_colors linked to aquamarine, which was incorrect. Besides, if you "left Wikipeda on June 29, 2005", why are you still so enthused about editing? ;) Matveims 04:46, 19 December 2005 (UTC)
I left Wikipedia, but then, for some reason based on changes in my mind, I decided to return. But why is it incorrect to equate aqua and aquamarine?? I thought aqua as a color term was just a short form of aquamarine. Georgia guy 00:09, 20 December 2005 (UTC)
As I already mentioned, aqua may be just an abbreviation for  aquamarine  in general "offline" use, but in computer graphics, especially web design, it stands for a rather  different  color. Linking aqua to aquamarine (or to cyan) will make Template:Web_colors inaccurate. So, why not to keep it as it is? Matveims 04:28, 20 December 2005 (UTC)
Aqua is blue. Aquamarine is green. They are two different colors.
You might say aqua is a greenish blue and aquamarine is a bluish green.
75.10.133.184 (talk) 09:01, 5 August 2009 (UTC)
I'm wondering if this article shouldn't be reorganized a bit, to make it more obvious that "aqua" is a term with two meanings, refering to two different (but similar) colours. At the moment it seems to give the impression that one meaning (the computing one) is correct, and the other meaning is just "something traditional printers said". I would suggest something like:
Lede: Aqua is the name given to a number of shades of cyan (blue-green). The exact usage differes between traditional print media and computer graphics.
In traditional print media: Aqua is short for aquamarine [here follows details of the colour aquamarine]
In computer graphics: Aqua is another name for electric cyan [here follows details of the colour electric cyan]
followed by the rest of the current article (Pale Aqua, Aqua in culture, etc) Wardog (talk) 14:19, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

Etymology[edit]

Huh? Aqua comes from the Latin 'aqua, -ae', right? Cyan, not aqua, comes from Greek κύανoς. -128.220.59.108 (talk) 23:22, 8 April 2011 (UTC)