Talk:Shades of white

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vague definition of white[edit]

This article contrasts shades of white or off-white with "pure" white, so the comparison should treat white properly:

"White is a color, the perception of which is evoked by light that stimulates all three types of color sensitive cone cells in the human eye in equal amounts" -- equal amounts by what measure? Radiation power? Number of photons? Intuitively, I would rather state that white amounts to equal perception of all color components, not actual stimulation of cone cells, but I'm probably wrong with that too.

Note also that if white amounts to equal stimulation, then the "web color" #ffffff is generally not white, and whether it is depends on the color temperature of the monitor.

"White is the lightest possible color." -- The lightest possible color of what set of colors? The white colors presented here are definitely darker than sunlight. --82.113.106.83 (talk) 13:23, 14 April 2012 (UTC)