helen-louise (baratron) wrote,

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Request for livejournal geekage.

mmmmm... I have chocolate milk. Ok, it's soya milk - but still yummy with Crusha milkshake syrup. The bottle said I should dilute 1 part syrup to 7 parts milk - who are they trying to kid?

Anyway, I have a request for all the geeks of maths, graphics and code-writing out there. I suppose that narrows things down rather, but feel free to link to this post if you think you know people who might be interested. I have a problem with livejournal, and I need some help to fix it.

You see, I use colours to help me better keep track of who's writing what on my friends page. My default style for friends is one that I created specially with coloured strips along the left-hand edge of people's posts. You'd be amazed how much more quickly I can skim using this. Now, I want to add some more people to my friends list, but I have run out of colour combinations.

What I want firstly is for someone to produce a web page showing all of the sensible colour combinations of the standard 256 colour "web-safe" palette. I emphasise the word sensible for a good reason. Whilst I could work out how many colour combinations there are just by using factorials, what I'm interested in is the number of useful combinations. For example, dark blue on dark green will not produce a legible result. Then, when I have this, I or someone else will be able to work out the number of combinations that are dissimilar enough to be useful for my purpose - there are only so many yellow on green combinations that are distinguishable at a quick glance. Then, I'll be able to recolour my friends list so as to be able to use my friends page usefully again.

Does this make sense? I imagine I've not explained it very well, so feel free to ask for clarification.

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