I am getting ready to design a site for a university academic department. I've been maintaining the old site but this is my first attempt at a design of my own. Of course, the colors I want to use are not on the 256 web safe color palette. In light of the fact that most users who will be accessing this new site will have current computer systems do you think it is safe to use these colors? I recently read that the 256 color palette was designed at a time when most users had 256 color (8 bit) computer systems, which is not the case any more. What advice would you offer?
I really don't use the web safe pallete anymore for general audiences. If I know a page might be for beginning or older web surfers then I do use the pallete. I think it depends on your audience. If you think mostly students will use the site then I would proceed in the colors you want.
You may want to check out some of our threads on usability. Color has meaning on the web and should be chosen wisely for links and other web aspects. [webmasterworld.com...]