Filed by brian_z at 1:45 pm under Using Custom Colors
THE BASIC COLOR CODES
green = 1; blue = 2; yellow = 3; red = 4; white = 5;
I’m not familiar with the Basic Color Code. I don’t have a computing background so I am limited to the basics in most areas. I guess it is something from the computer lexicon?
I assume you are suggesting an alternative color schema?
Any system that people are familiar with, and can remember, is handy.
I looked up the numbers in the AFL ref manual for a long time and it was a load off my back when I finally got around to setting up some custom colors – I soon memorised the 16 that I use. I also find that it works well for me because when I do use multiple plots I can simply start at the beginning of the CustomColor series and ‘work my way up’. I don’t need to stop and think about it because I know what is coming next and what it will lool like when plotted.
Colors are definitely personal preference. For everyday use I like to use a few basic colors that are easy to tell apart when plotted as a thin line. I use a white background, and find the contrast of black too harsh, so I use white and grey as the primaries. Yellow tends to disappear on a white background, and obviously I have no need for white, so for my own use I replaced them with cyan and magenta so that brings my custom color set close to the 3-bit RGB or 4-bit RGBI palette. By comparison some of the colors of a 6-bit RGB palette are too close together to be of practical use when plotting.
On the rare occasion that I use more than 16 plots in one chart, alternating the 16 custom colors with different line styles extends the range.