# [XeTeX] Color names in XeTeX

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Mon Dec 27 19:08:44 CET 2004

On 27 Dec 2004, at 2:58 pm, Stephen Moye wrote:

> Is there a way to create a named color using XeTeX? I'd like to create
> a name such as PMS810U and then specify the cmyk|rgb specification and
> thereafter obtain the color solely using the name. Tints would be
> nice, for example specifying PMS810U at 60%.
>

Not really, but for a simple version you could define macros for the
color values you want, and then use these within the color \special.
E.g.,

\def\myredcolor{rgb 0.8 0.0 0.0}
\def\mydarkcyancolor{cmyk 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.5}

Some text... \special{color \myredcolor} ...red text...
\special{color \mydarkcyancolor} ...cyan text...

I suppose you could even have a macro that accepts a tint parameter and
calculates appropriate rgb or cmyk values.... left as an exercise for