Color::Palette - a set of named colors


version 0.100004


The libraries in the Color-Palette distribution are meant to make it easy to build sets of named colors, and to write applications that can define and validate the color names they required.

For example, a color palette might contain the following data:

  highlights => #f0f000
  background => #333
  sidebarBackground => #88d
  sidebarText       => 'highlights'
  sidebarBoder      => 'sidebarText'

Colors can be defined by a color specifier (a Graphics::Color object, a CSS-style hex triple, or an arrayref of RGB values) or by a name of another color that appears in the palette. If colors are defined in terms of another color that doesn't exist, an exception will be raised.

Applications that wish to use color palettes can provide schemas that define the names they expect to be present in a palette. These schemas are Color::Palette::Schema objects.

A palette can be checked against a schema with the schema's check method, or may be reduced to the minimal set of colors needed to satisfy the schema with the palette's optimized_for method.


This library should run on perls released even a long time ago. It should work on any version of perl released in the last five years.

Although it may work on older versions of perl, no guarantee is made that the minimum required version will not be increased. The version may be increased for any reason, and there is no promise that patches will be accepted to lower the minimum required perl.



This attribute is a hashref. Keys are color names and values are either Color objects or names of other colors. To get at the color object for a name consult the "color" method.



  my $color_obj = $palette->color('extremeHighlight');

This method will return the Color object to be used for the given name.


  my @names = $palette->color_names;

This method returns a list of all color names the object knows about.


  my $triple_for = $palette->as_css_hash

This method returns a hashref. Every color name known to the palette has an entry, and the value is the CSS-safe hex string for the resolved color. For example, the output for the color scheme in the "DESCRIPTION" section would be:

    highlights => '#f0f000',
    background => '#333333',
    sidebarBackground => #8888dd',
    sidebarText       => #f0f000',
    sidebarBoder      => #f0f000',


  my $hashref = $palette->as_strict_css_hash;

This method behaves just like "as_css_hash", but the returned hashref is tied so that trying to read values for keys that do not exist is fatal. The hash may also become read-only in the future.


  my $optimized_palette = $palette->optimized_for($schema);

This method returns a new palette containing only the colors needed to fulfill the requirements of the given schema. This is useful for reducing a large palette to the small set that must be embedded in a document.

optimize_for redispatches to this method for historical reasons.


Ricardo SIGNES <>


  • Karen Etheridge <>

  • Ricardo Signes <>


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