Looping in PHP and changing color... (hex codes?)

Posted on 2008-10-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
This might not be possible: I am looping through a data set in PHP, and I want to display a status message to the user. I was hoping to make this message start off really light, and get darker as it nears completion. Preferably a light green to a dark green. So my question is, is there a simple way to do this via css? Could I use a hexcode and adjust the number somehow? I know I could just do a thousand if/else statements, but I would rather not.
Question by:interclubs
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If you are looping through in PHP it would seem that you could just have the desired hex codes in an array and select a different color during each iteration.


in your loop, using $i as the iteration var:

The use $colortouse for your color within your HTML tags.

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That would work, the only issue is I don't know how many items are in the loop, it changes based on the size of the array. It could have 5 elements, or it could have 60.
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AlexanderR earned 500 total points
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If you dont necessarily want to go from lightest to brightest, but stop wherever it stops, then change

$members = count($data);
$interval = round(100/$members);
echo $interval;
for($i=1;$i<=100;$i += $interval){

to simply
or whatever other interval you want,

Hope this does it.

function hexDarker($hex,$factor = 30)


        $new_hex = '';


        $base['R'] = hexdec($hex{0}.$hex{1});

        $base['G'] = hexdec($hex{2}.$hex{3});

        $base['B'] = hexdec($hex{4}.$hex{5});


        foreach ($base as $k => $v)


                $amount = $v / 100;

                $amount = round($amount * $factor);

                $new_decimal = $v - $amount;


                $new_hex_component = dechex($new_decimal);

                if(strlen($new_hex_component) < 2)

                        { $new_hex_component = "0".$new_hex_component; }

                $new_hex .= $new_hex_component;



        return $new_hex;        


$original = "90EE90";

$data = array('1','2','3');






$members = count($data);

$interval = round(100/$members);

echo $interval;

for($i=1;$i<=100;$i += $interval){

$newCol = hexDarker($original, $i);

echo '<td bgcolor="'.$newCol.'">h</td>';




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If you are coding PHP, it can only deliver to the browser one data set at a time.  Are you trying to send 60 page refreshes to the browser in real time, just to show some progress that the PHP file is going through?

This seems a little ridiculous to me, the PHP file mght take 0.1 seconds to complete 100 iterations, but 100 seconds to send 10 page refreshes to the browser.  So what are you accomplishing? Massive delays in showing some progress that finished on the server code before the first page even refreshed ????
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interclubs, you might consider this function to select a certain color from within an array of colors that you define.



function getcolor($pass,$passes){

  global $colors;








  return $colors[$color];


// test record counts...


for ($i = 0; $i < count($record_counts); $i++) {

  echo "record count: $record_counts[$i]<br>";

  for ($j = 0; $j < $record_counts[$i]; $j++) {

    echo "  pass $j color = ".getcolor($j,$record_counts[$i])."<br>";


  echo "<hr>";



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