Aqua (color)

Aqua (Latin for “water”) is a variation of the color cyan. The Aqua mesh color is the same as the Cyan mesh color. It was one of three secondary colors in the RGB color model used on computer and television screens. On the HSV color wheel, aqua sits right in the middle between blue and green. However, aqua is not the same as cyan in the primary subtractive color process used in printing. The words “aqua” and “cyan” are used interchangeably in computer graphics and, particularly, web design to refer to the additive secondary color “cyan”. Both colors are reproduced exactly the same on a computer screen by combining blue and green light with the same intensity on a black screen. Traditionally, this color is defined as #00FFFF in hexadecimal or (0,255,255) in RGB. The color code #00FFFF is called “cyan” in RGB color, but X11 color names introduced the alternate name “aqua” for #00FFFF. Later, the W3C popularized the name by using it in the named color scheme of the HTML 3.2 specification.