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I'd like to make my text editors display like the old skool white-on-green VDUs of yore that I can just about remember from my childhood. I have this idea they might be easier on my old eyes.

I was wondering if there was standard dark green used on these and, if so, what the RGB or Hex values for it might be?

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From Wikipedia you can find a wavelength of this phosphor and RGB conversion formulas can be found easily from internet.

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Wow! Now that's what I call a geeky answer. Many, many thanks for this amazing idea! –  5arx Nov 25 '11 at 19:30
  • There wasn't a standard color.
  • Brightness is part of color and was usually changeable by turning a knob.
  • Colors change as the phosphor ages.
  • You could order VDUs with amber and other color phosphors.
  • Some makers claimed amber was better for eyes.
  • The ones I used were mostly green on black (not white on green)
  • RGB values probably depend on calibration of your display.
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"Some makers claimed amber was better for eyes." - Medically-prescribed 'VDU' glasses were/are amber-tinted (a relative worked in a medical eye centre) –  Linker3000 Nov 25 '11 at 12:52
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in short. do what a lot of nostalgic geeks do, and adjust it till it looks right –  Journeyman Geek Nov 25 '11 at 13:22
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Unfortunately I don't really remember what it looked like. I was <10yrs old at the time :-| –  5arx Dec 3 '11 at 23:43

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