<body text=?> sets the font color
<body link=?> sets the color of links
<body vlink=?> sets the color of followed links
<body alink=?> sets the color of links on click
<font color=?> changes font color
</font> returns font to default color
There are two ways to color text on the Web. One approach is to set the colors
for the entire document - specified in the body tag - and the other is to set
and change colors as you move through the document, using the font tag. While
less flexible, the body tag is often more practical than the font tag, and
it's also supported by more browsers. So we'll start there.
Using the body tag, you can set the stage for your entire document, specifying
the colors for regular text, links (normally blue), and followed links (usually
red). Remember, however, that colors are specified using a numerical code.
In the background color tutorial, we explain how to calculate this code. But
for now, you can just take our word that each number represents a specific
If you type:
<body text=#9932cd link=#ff0000 vlink=#00ff00 alink=#000000>
You will get a nearly illegible, but correctly colored
page, with green text and red links
that turn black on
click, and violet after
they've been followed.
But what if three colors aren't enough? Or what if
you only want to color a single word? Well, lucky for you (if not the rest
of us), Netscape's font tags let you do it. If you write in your HTML file:
<font color=#00ff00>green</font> with envy.
green with envy.
You could even change the color of individual letters, if you really wanted
Joseph and the amazing|
Will give you:
Joseph and the amazing T E C H N I C O L O R
Which, frankly speaking, was hardly worth the effort. But that's not the
point. The point is - you can.
As with all Netscape-specific tags, you should keep in mind that not all browsers
support font color.
I hope this came in useful!