Template:Element color

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This template returns the element's legend color, to be used in HTML makeup:

  • {{Element color|Alkali metals}}#ff6666
  • {{Element color|alkali metal}}#ff6666

Overview[edit]

State of matter (font color)[edit]

Color attribute value (font color). The color number can be used (abused) as background color, but the key (legend) is not defined then.
  • A  Solid → #000000 
  • A  Liquid → #008000 
  • A  Gas → #ff0000 
  • A  Unknown phase → #696969 
  • A  Solid (predicted) → #000000 
  • A  Liquid (predicted) → #008000 
  • A  Gas (predicted) → #ff0000 

Occurrence (cell border; aka frame)[edit]

Border attribute value
  •    Primordial → 2px solid #8811ff 
  •    From decay → 2px dashed #773300 Note: "Natural radio" deprecated
  •    Synthetic → 2px dotted #4499ff 
  •    Undiscovered → 2px solid transparent 
  •    None → 2px solid transparent 

Metal–nonmetal categories[edit]

  •    Alkali metals → #ff6666 
  •    Alkaline earth metals → #ffdead 
  •    Lanthanides → #ffbfff 
  •    Actinide → #ff99cc 
  •    Superactinide → #d1ddff 
  •    Eka-superactinide → #c6dd9d 
  •    Transition metal → #ffc0c0 
  •    Post-transition metal → #cccccc 
  •    Metalloid → #cccc99 
  •    Diatomic nonmetal → #e7ff8f 
  •    Polyatomic nonmetal → #a1ffc3 
  •    Noble gas → #c0ffff 
  •    Unknown chemical properties → #e8e8e8 
  •    Unknown → #ffffff 

Metal–nonmetal categories, reduced set[edit]

  •    Metals → #eee8aa 
  •    Metalloids → #cccc99 
  •    Nonmetals → #b0e0e6 
  •    Inner transition metals → #d8bfd8 

Year and era[edit]

  •    Antiquity to Middle Ages → #ffb9b9 
  •    Before 1800 → #dfcdff 
  •    1800-1849 → #cbffb9 
  •    1850-1899 → #b9ffe4 
  •    1900-1949 → #ffe2b9 
  •    1950-1999 → #fff6b9 
  •    2000-present → #ffb9ef 

Example: {{Periodic table (discovery periods)}}

Blocks[edit]

  •    s-block → #ff9999 
  •    p-block → #fdff8c 
  •    d-block → #99ccff 
  •    f-block → #9bff99 
  •    g-block → #fd99ff Note: unused, g-block does not exist. This color is used to derive the 'predicted' color

In period 8, theoretical elements:

  •    s-block (predicted) → #ffcccc 
  •    p-block (predicted) → #ffffbf 
  •    d-block (predicted) → #c7eeff 
  •    f-block (predicted) → #cdffcc 
  •    g-block (predicted) → #febfff 

Numbers[edit]

Used in: Valence (chemistry)#Maximum valences of the elements These colors correspond to the Alkali metal–noble gases range

  •    0 → #c0ffff 
  •    1 → #ff8989 
  •    2 → #ffdead 
  •    3 → #ffbfff 
  •    4 → #cccccc 
  •    5 → #cccc99 
  •    6 → #a0ffa0 
  •    7 → #ffff99 
  •    8 → #d1ddff 
  •    9 → #c6dd9d 

Metalloid cite classes[edit]

See Template:Periodic table (list of metalloid lists)

  •    Metalloid citeclass 1of4 → #baffba Note: currently: 93%
  •    Metalloid citeclass 2of4 → #badcff Note: currently: 44%
  •    Metalloid citeclass 3of4 → #ffbadc Note: currently: 24%
  •    Metalloid citeclass 4of4 → #ffffba Note: currently: 9%

Setting a default color[edit]

|1=not a color name |default=#aabbcc → #aabbcc (use # not #)
|1=not a color name |default=thistle → thistle

Misc[edit]

  •    Rare earth metal → #ffbffe Note: discussed, Nov/Dec 2013
  •    Halogen → #ffff99 Note: deprecated as a nonmetal category. See nonmetal

"Unknown" variants[edit]

  •    Unknown → #ffffff 
  •    Unk → #ffffff Note: deprecated
  •    Unknown (white) → #ffffff Note: deprecated
  •    White → #ffffff 
  •    X → #ffffff Note: Deprecated, redireced to Unknown (white)
  •    Unknown chemical properties → #e8e8e8 
  •    (See below) → #f8f8f8 Note: deprecated
  •    Future → # 
  •    Redirect → #c0c0c0 
  •    Unassessed → transparent 
  • A  Unknown phase → #696969 
  •    Undiscovered → 2px solid transparent 
  •    none → 2px solid transparent 

Wikipedia article quality[edit]

Used in: Wikipedia:WikiProject Elements/Articles/Periodic Table by Quality

  •    aq-FA → #6699ff 
  •    aq-A → #66ffff 
  •    aq-GA → #55cc55 Note: Formal color is #66ff66
  •    aq-B+ → #66ff66 Note: or aq-Bplus
  •    aq-B → #bcff66 Note: Formal color is #b2ff66
  •    aq-C → #ffff66 
  •    aq-Start → #ffaa66 
  •    aq-Stub → #ff6666 
  •    aq-Unassessed → transparent 

Wikipedia article importance[edit]

  •    imp-Top → #ff00ff 
  •    imp-High → #ff88ff 
  •    imp-Mid → #ffbbff 
  •    imp-Low → #ffddff 
  •    imp-??? → #f9f9f9 
  •    imp-n/a → #f5f5f5 

Color names[edit]

  •    Black → #000000 
  •    White → #ffffff 
  •    blue → #0000ff 
  •    green → #008000 
  •    red → #ff0000 
  •    yellow → #ffff00 

Table background[edit]

  •    table title → #d8d8d8 
  •    table header → #e0e0e0 
  •    table colheader → #e8e8e8 
  •    table mark → #f0f0f0 
  •    table background → #f8f8f8 
  •    table border → #a9a9a9 
Available background colors for periodic tables
Usage: {{Element color|table header}}
Specification
(1st parameter)
Alternative
specification
Returns color Note
title caption #d8d8d8
header #e0e0e0
colheader rowheader, subheader, colh, rowh, subh #e8e8e8
mark #f0f0f0
background bg #f8f8f8 Also the default return value
border   #a9a9a9 Equals predefined color "grey"

The return values are complete color values to be used as a CSS style, including the # but not the ; character.

Deprecated or unknown meaning[edit]

Do not use these color names. In general, it is advised to use a more specific, meaningful color name. These color names are not used in main space, and most are redirected to another color.

  •    D → transparent Note: Historical (previously for years and eras), kept to ensure that old revisions do not appear broken.
  •    E → transparent Note: Historical (previously for years and eras), kept to ensure that old revisions do not appear broken.
  •    F → transparent Note: Historical (previously for years and eras), kept to ensure that old revisions do not appear broken.
  •    X → #ffffff Note: Unspecific, redirected to Unknown (white)
  •    Disambig → #00fa9a Note: Not a legend color, unknown intention.
  •    UnknownC → transparent Note: Unclear meaning. Redirected to Unknown phase
  •    veryreactive → transparent Note: Testing or sandbox.

Colors hardcoded[edit]

The same colors, with the same key, may be hardcoded in templates and pages:

Deprecated parameters[edit]

See also[edit]