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Grey vs. Gray[edit]

In this article, the names "gray" and "grey" are intermixed. "Grey" is typically British, and "gray" typically the American variant.

As seen at, the HTML and CSS standards have the same color entries for both. This should be reflected in this article.

However, it is also worth noting that the page uses the spelling "gray" exclusively.

Klassica 19:15, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

It's also worth mentioning that style.color = 'grey' can cause a parse error on IE7 browsers - whether this is because IE is not standards-compliant or because 'gray' is the only one in the CSS21 standard is up for debate...

Shouldn't the "grey/gray" in X11 color names at least be consistent? Currently it lists LightGrey DarkGray

--Giddylake (talk) 16:16, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

Also, IE 7 and older understand "lightgrey" for #D3D3D3 but reject "lightgray". Should this peculiarity be noted in the article? -- wr (talk) 15:19, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

Well the article says the list includes "gray (HTML4/CSS 1.0 standard name) and grey." but it doesn't. ˥ Ǝ Ʉ H Ɔ I Ɯ (talk) 00:37, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

I just checked the two references and both spellings are included in both. I'm adding the missing ones. ˥ Ǝ Ʉ H Ɔ I Ɯ (talk) 00:42, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

Both show correctly in late versions of Firefox and IE. ˥ Ǝ Ʉ H Ɔ I Ɯ (talk) 00:55, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

To whoever reverted my changes discussed above. I have reinstated them. As I stated the Grey versions are valid and exist in and

Further X11 includes grey spelling as an alternative, see and BTW w3 reference for X11 colours is to the wikipedia X11 color names page, all external links there also list both grey & gray. In summary W3 includes both grey & gray, W3 refer to the wikipedia X11 names, the X11 page lists both grey & gray, the Section Title is 'X11 color names' NOT somebody's view of what the names are. ˥ Ǝ Ʉ H Ɔ I Ɯ (talk) 00:11, 29 June 2013 (UTC)

Please see my thread below regarding X11 color names. --Redrose64 (talk) 12:12, 29 June 2013 (UTC)
Valid yes, but why use grey for just one instance, namely "lightgrey" and not for any of the others? Why the inconsistency? You already have a note that they can be both. Why not just make it "lightgray"... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:56, 30 August 2014 (UTC)
In reply: If you look at the main X11 article, it says "Some browsers like Netscape Navigator insisted on an ‘a’ in any ‘Gray’ except for ‘Light Grey’.", so it is actually useful to show the difference, rather than just deciding for the 'look'. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mimarx (talkcontribs) 22:12, 10 September 2014‎

Decimal RGB definition[edit]

In CSS, colours can also be defined as rgb(decimal,decimal,decimal). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:49, 25 September 2005‎ (UTC)

Still relevant? Preferred to refer to obsolete technology in lead?[edit]

"Web colors have an unambiguous colorimetric definition, sRGB, which relates the chromaticities of a particular phosphor set, a given transfer curve, adaptive whitepoint, and viewing conditions". "phosphor" (and other info?) there implies CRT monitor (only)? I assume the source mentiones "phosphor", and we can't replace the "phosphor" language with a language about LCD pixel technology (with no additional source) since it doesn't say anything about it? Still it applied to the three primary colors of CRTs but can we assume it translates exactly to newer technologies (LCD)? Maybe those are made to conform to the same exact standards (close enough).

Most monitors (and TVs) are no longer CRT (or plasma), at least in the west.., but this at least would be true of all mobile devices. Should we include a reference in the lead to an outdated technology (here or in general)? Which brings me to my last point, are web colors not relevant anymore? comp.arch (talk) 10:40, 12 November 2014 (UTC)


What do the asterisks around the hex number of some colors mean ? --Jerome Potts (talk) 02:34, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

They seem to be the ones included in the section Web colors#Safest web colors. --David Biddulph (talk) 15:06, 24 June 2015 (UTC)

Color v. Colour[edit]

Most of the article, especially the content parts and the tables use "color." However, the section titles, beginning, and second/third sections use "colour." I standardized the page so that it only refers says "color." It appeared that the article was written mainly using "color" but an English person went through and changed them, of course I am not sure but it does not matter.

Wikipedia guidelines say that if an article is talking about something from a particular country, then the article should be written using the conventions of that country. Because most web-based technologies, including the technologies in this article, come from the United States I believe that guideline specifies "color" alone should be used.

It also seems stupid to use "colour" at all, given the page name itself uses "color" and with all the links to other wikipedia pages I found, the page names also used "color" but they were all masked with "colour." And besides, "colour" is not even a real word, whoever uses that must not have learned English correctly :P.

  • EDIT: I looked at the edit history, and mysteriously, the fourth or fifth edit before, (less than a week and a half before) and IP address changed all the "color"s to "colour"s.--ImVeryAwesome (talk) 18:19, 14 June 2015 (UTC)

Reverted spelling change per WP:ENGVAR. PaleAqua (talk) 14:35, 24 June 2015 (UTC)

And self-reverted. Looking through history I see the original version of this article used colour. The page moves I found show some colour => color moves. Not seeing discussions that lead to the moves yet. Per ENGVAR it might be that this article should actually be moved back to Web colour. PaleAqua (talk) 14:42, 24 June 2015 (UTC)
Okay completed sampling history. Looks like US spelling has been in use since approx. Feb 2005, which is enough to make it long term stable. PaleAqua (talk) 14:58, 24 June 2015 (UTC)