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This tutorial article explains how to use color under the constraints of a window system for three types of applications: (a) those using a few distinct colors only for labeling or decoration; (b) those using an intermediate number of distinct colors for drawing or economical image display; (c) those requiring high color fidelity for the evaluation of image processing or graphics algorithms. Each of these topics is discussed in parallel for the X Window System and for Microsoft Windows to help readers interested in porting applications from one system to the other.
Kevin Hunter, Theo Pavlidis, "Using Color in the X Window System versus Microsoft Windows: Part 2", IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 19, no. , pp. 75-83, January/February 1999, doi:10.1109/38.736471
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