The CSS reference

"color" - css property (v. css 1)

  • Sets the color of a text.
  • Initial value: depends on the browser and the HTML-element
  • The property is inherited
  • HTML usage: all elements
  • Browsers that support the color - property :
    Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Opera Google Chrome Apple Safari

Possible color values:

values Comments CSS
Color name HTML and CSS color specification defines 147 color names (17 standard colors plus 130 more). You find all the named color through the drop-down selection in the color picker below. 1
rgb(r,g,b) Integer values representing a color in the form of Red Green and Blue components each with a value between 0 - 255. (rgb(255,0,0) gives a red color) 1
#value A hexadecimal value representing a color in the form of Red Green and Blue components each with a value between 00 - FF. 1
inherit Will inherit the value from parent specification. This property value is new with CSS 2. 2
Color picker:

Selected Color:

Harmonious colors:

Property "color" example:

<html  >
    <script type="text/javascript" >
    <style   type="text/css">
      .clip1 { position: absolute;
               clip: rect(0px, 139px, 50px, 55px);
               left: -50px;

  <body >
    <img src="images/Sun.gif" border="0" alt=""/>
    clip: rect(0px, 139px, 50px, 55px)<br/>
    and moved -50px in x-direction;
    <div class="clip1" >
      <img src="images/Sun.gif"
           border="0" alt=""/>

Javascript access:

// To SET values ([o] is the target object)
[o].style.color="color value"
// To GET values you must first get the computed style object
// To get that object in IE or Opera:
var cStyle=[o].currentStyle;
// To get that object in Firefox, Chrome or Safari (w3c-type):
var cStyle=window.getComputedStyle([o],null)
// To GET the property value:;
var value=cStyle.color;
/* IE and Opera will return a hexa-decimal string value (ex.: #FFFFFF) Firefox, Chrome and Safari will return a rgb string value (ex.: rgb(255,255,255))*/
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