Web Colors are RGB or Hexadecimal codes that can be used in web pages to specify colours for text or general elements. RGB colours are measured by three, two-digit base 16 (Hexadecimal) values from ’00’ to ‘FF’.
So what’s so special about the colour #663399?
Eric Meyer is a web design consultant (see image to the left). He’s well-known for his contribution to web standards and for the role he played in the creation of CSS, a scripting language for managing how HTML is displayed on a webpage. Sadly, on June 7th 2014, Eric’s daughter Rebecca passed away from a brain tumour. He posted about it on his blog. The web design community all got together and petitioned to add a new hexadecimal colour to CSS4. Rebecca’s favourite colour was purple and it was chosen that #663399 be the colour. It would be named ‘RebeccaPurple’.
On June 19th 2014, W3 (World Wide Web Consortium) accepted to add RebeccaPurple to their web standards.
Mozilla, Apple, Google and Microsoft have all accepted that they will implement the colour into their software. It’s a sweet gesture and very heart-warming to see everyone get together to make this happen.