Many of you will no doubt remember the first time you changed the colors of a web page. Instead of the old black text on a gray background with blue links, all of a sudden you could use any combination of colors you desired—perhaps light blue text on a black background with lime green hyperlinks. From there, you probably moved on to putting images in the background and combining background images with appropriately colored text to make some really cool-looking pages.
Eventually, though, one comes to realize that setting a single color
for all of the text in a page just isn’t enough. That’s
COLOR="..."> came into being. Without it, you
wouldn’t be able to have pages where some text is black, some
red, and some white, for example.
Now, thanks to the power of CSS, you can have many, many different
colors within a single page, and without using a single
FONT tag. This gives authors the ability to set up
pages where the main text is black with a white background, but the
navigational hyperlinks along the side of the page are black on a
light purple background. There are almost infinite possibilities:
defining red text for warnings, using a dark purple to make boldfaced
text even more obvious, setting each heading to be a different shade
of green, and on and on.
Of course, this means that when you’re designing a page, you need to put some thought into it first. That’s generally true in any case, but with colors, it’s even more so. For example, ...