PALETTE_8 [#ch,] start, true_colour1 *[,true_colourx]*


SMSQ/E v2.98+

This command is similar to PALETTE_QL, except that it allows you to redefine all 256 colours available under COLOUR_PAL.

As with PALETTE_QL, start is the number of the first colour to change, followed by each of the new colours described in 24 Bit Colour Mode. A valid window channel must also be open, default #1 (or #0 on a SBASIC with only #0 open), although one may also be supplied as #ch.

On hardware with a true palette map (most PCs), this command will affect all programs, including information already displayed on screen. However, on all other hardware, most notably the Q40 and Q60, existing information will remain unaffected.



makes the computer use PINK, instead of BLUE when INK 4 (PAL Colour Value) is used within a program.

PALETTE_8 5, $B6FFFF, $929200

will change INK 5 to Light Blue (from Magenta) and INK 6 to Mustard (from Yellow).


This command will not have any effect on Aurora, which only provides 256 colours to choose from. It therefore may not be implemented on the Aurora version of SMSQ/E.


The problem with using 24 bit values is that they have to be trimmed to fit into the native colour scheme on the computer in use - as a result, although the same 24 bit colour value is specified, the resultant colour will be slightly different on QPC and Q40.


See PALETTE_QL and COLOUR_PAL for more details.