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Decode an HTML color string like '#F567BA;' into a Color

 * Copyright 2005 Joe Walker
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import java.awt.Color;

 * Utilities for working with colors.
 * @author Joe Walker [joe at getahead dot ltd dot uk]
public class ColorUtil
     * Decode an HTML color string like '#F567BA;' into a {@link Color}
     * @param colorString The string to decode
     * @return The decoded color
     * @throws IllegalArgumentException if the color sequence is not valid
    public static Color decodeHtmlColorString(String colorString)
        Color color;
        if (colorString.startsWith("#"))
            colorString = colorString.substring(1);
        if (colorString.endsWith(";"))
            colorString = colorString.substring(0, colorString.length() - 1);
        int red, green, blue;
        switch (colorString.length())
        case 6:
            red = Integer.parseInt(colorString.substring(0, 2), 16);
            green = Integer.parseInt(colorString.substring(2, 4), 16);
            blue = Integer.parseInt(colorString.substring(4, 6), 16);
            color = new Color(red, green, blue);
        case 3:
            red = Integer.parseInt(colorString.substring(0, 1), 16);
            green = Integer.parseInt(colorString.substring(1, 2), 16);
            blue = Integer.parseInt(colorString.substring(2, 3), 16);
            color = new Color(red, green, blue);
        case 1:
            red = green = blue = Integer.parseInt(colorString.substring(0, 1), 16);
            color = new Color(red, green, blue);
            throw new IllegalArgumentException("Invalid color: " + colorString);
        return color;


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