People access the web with different types and makes of computer monitors. Some are old but some are new. Monitors do not always consistenly display colors. As a web designer, if you rely only on your monitor to evaluate your color scheme, your veiwers may not be seeing the same colors. There are, however, over 200 colors that display consistently across all types of monitors. So web desingers are advised to use these 'websafe colors' on their web pages to assure all users are seeing the pages as you designed them.
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