<body bgcolor=#ffffff text=#000000>

Coloured Background

You can use backgrounds, and coloured text in NetScape, but only one per document. Each one requires use of the body tag - as I have done above (for placement and use of the body tag, check out the protopage).

You will probably want to use both in conjunction - the backgrounds often render text undreadable, unless it is off-colour.

On my primary page, I have blue coloured text, viewable with NetScape 1.1.

<body text=#0014ff link=#bb11bb vlink=#6100ff>

This was the code I used to specify text colour, unvisited link colour, and visited link colour. All of these are specified through hexidecimal code - 00 to ff, the first two numbers are blue, the second two red, and finally yellow. So in my example above, for blue text, I made blue heavy, text=#00, then added a little red, text=#0014, and left there no yellow - text=#0014ff.

It can be pretty confusing, that hex code. There is a list of hex colours, and a hex triplet color chart - quite complete. Thank you Doug! Martin Baker found a way to have multiple text colours in a single document.

.gif backgrounds

On my latest links page, I have a background .gif, called with the following command:

<body background="/pix/hot.fade.gif">

The tiling is done automatically by NetScape.

To prevent that gif from obliterating my text, I used Photoshop to play with the brightness and contrast until it was adequately faded.

Or, I could have just changed the text colour to match appropriately.

Andrew Tong has posted some pretty wack backdrop magic.

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