When you are designing your website you ensure that you use colors, fonts, tables, background that can make your webpage look attractive. You ensure that it looks pleasing and not with some flash and gaudy colors. One thing though that may be overlooked is the fact that the colors don’t look the same on all monitors. What may look good on your monitor may seem different on your friends monitor depending upon what whiz band graphics card is in use. In such a case any webpage that looks good to you may simply look bad and put off your website visitors. For this purpose you can make use of the browser safe color palette. If you are using a color and browser of your visitor is unable to display that color, then if you have chosen a browser friendly color palette, the nearest color safe equivalent would be displayed.
There are various ways in which browsers attempt to make your colors look good. When there is a large area like the background which has such colors, browsers may chose to dither tow or more color safe colors. The colors appear grainy and end up looking terrible. So what do you do in such a situation? You can make use of the browser safe colors when you are coding. There are 216 colors that can be viewed as same colors on the 8-bit PC and Macintosh monitors. When you use browser safe colors from among these you can be sure that they would not dither on these machines and keep the look of your page as you want it to look.
Now-a-days the web palette is not so relevant. Most of us would be using monitors that can display thousands or millions of colors. You can no doubt use the palette which makes it easier than picking up raw RGB values. Of course you may tweak those colors if you want a different darker or lighter shade. A palette may simply be a convenient starting point to manage colors.