A comparison of perceived colors with standard web colors.

The perceived color data is taken from xkcd. The standard web color is taken from wikipedia.

For each named color two boxes are drawn, on the left the perceived color, on the right the standard web color. Below each box is the number given to the background-color style parameter. The colors are presented in descending order according to the number of people that could name the color (as in the original xkcd). The most popular 16 colors are all present, then all others are skipped, except for the original standard web colors.

Why? Some of my research involves software visualizations - in color, it is therefore practical to use colors which - on average - people can easily name and differentiate. This goal is not yet achieved as I have not yet used any criteria for color differentiation (for example, light blue and sky blue are both popular and at the same time too similar).

Note: The xkcd color perception experiments were done in a color-on-white-background setting. Using different backgrounds will likely invalidate this data.

#7e1e9c
Purple
Purple
#15b01a
Green
Green
#0343df
Blue
Blue
#ff81c0
Pink
Pink
#653700
Brown
Brown
#e50000
Red
Red
#95d0fc
LightBlue
Light blue
#029386
Teal
Teal
#f97306
Orange
Orange
#96f97b
LightGreen
Light green
#c20078
Magenta
Magenta
#ffff14
Yellow
Yellow
#75bbfd
SkyBlue
Sky blue
#929591
Grey
Grey
#89fe05
LimeGreen
Lime green
#bf77f6
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Light purple
#13eac9
Aqua
Aqua
#650021
Maroon
Maroon
#6e750e
Olive
Olive
#000000
Black
Black
#aaff32
Lime
Lime
#01153e
Navy
Navy
#ed0dd9
Fuchsia
Fuchsia
#ffffff
White
White
#c5c9c7
Silver
Silver