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Re: Getting Color *names* as strings?

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  • Subject: [mg67490] Re: [mg67473] Getting Color *names* as strings?
  • From: "Carl K. Woll" <carlw at>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 03:51:49 -0400 (EDT)
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AES wrote:
> Trying out different named Colors in a plot by using
>    greens={CinnabarGreen, ChromeOxideGreen, CobaltGreen, etc};
>    Do[ Plot[ func, range, PlotStyle -> greens[[k]],
>                     PlotLabel -> ToString[greens[[k]]] ] , 
>          {k, 1, Length[greens]} ];
> Works fine -- except the PlotLabel comes out as "RGB[num, num, num]" -- 
> and using SymbolName[greens[[1]]] or even SymbolName[CinnabarGreen] does 
> _not_ give the string "CinnabarGreen".
> How can I get the *name* of each color as a string to put in PlotLabel 
> or in a Text label?
> (Trivial problem, I agree, but just frustrating enough to be interesting)

The simple answer is to use strings in the definition of greens:

greens = {"CinnabarGreen", "ChromeOxideGreen", etc.}

   ], {k, Length[greens]}

Carl Woll
Wolfram Research

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