I’ve often wondered where all of those colour names come from in the CSS spec. Things like SkyBlue and DimGray. Who makes these up and how?

It turns out that no-one really knows but this mailing list reference said that they began in 1986 from MIT with an old X Windowing system (Courtesy of: BoltClock).

That said, tonight I did find out where the colour rebeccapurple (shown in the banner) came from and the story is a little sad. I know I won’t be able to do justice to the story, so read this from Eric Meyer and a small piece in tribute, to find out more of the story.

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