A friend of mine who is a web designer, not a jeweler, read
Hanuman's post to this thread and responded with the following:
The 256-screen color palette is strickly dinosaur stuff. My
Dell computer (which is about 5 years old and far from
'state-of-the- art') can't even set its display to anything
less than 16-bits (at least the driver - NVIDIA GeForce2 MX -
doesn't offer that option). So 8-bit color isn't even an
option, much less the default! You buy a computer today and it
will arrive almost unvaryingly with 'true color' (32-bit)
selected. Maybe if you're worried about people in Mozambique or
Afganistan viewing your web graphics, you'd bother with a
little concern about what colors you select for your basic
website layout - but...
The question was about pictures looking 'dark' - not dithered.
This is a common problem, as most people are clueless about
how to set their display's brightness control to its proper
setting. A site like http://www.displaycalibration.com/
help people set the brightness on their display, and adjust
for best color rendition as well. If you're publishing photos
on the web that you are worried may appear too dark on
mal-adjusted monitors, you should provide a link to such a
site in your introductory paragraphs and encourage your
viewers to make use of it. That's the only solution to the
It's Latvian to me, but I hope it helps someone!