From: Jeff Garland (jeff_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-11-21 15:47:18
On Sun, 21 Nov 2004 14:48:48 -0500, David Abrahams wrote
> > If we were setting things for maximum usability I think you have to
> > go to a dark backgrounds for all sections with white text for the
> > whole page -- which I doubt we are prepared to do...
> Uhhh, that's a very personal idea of maximum usability. Studies have
> shown that black on white works better (in aggregate, of course ;->).
Perhaps. Here's a quick quote from the attached web-page:
Text should be printed with the highest possible contrast. There
is good evidence that for many readers who are older or partially
sighted, light (white or light yellow) letters on a dark (black)
background are more readable than dark letters on a light background.
However, the traditional dark on light may be aesthetically preferable.
Go to the page to see examples / research:
But no matter the research, we need to bow to the last line.
BTW, when I read a web page I like to 'select' the paragraph I'm reading which
has the effect of inverting the text so black on white becomes white on black :-)
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