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Christopher
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« Reply #20 on: January 21, 2009, 04:12:14 AM »

You can't please everyone. Haha. However, I feel the need to step in and defend good ol' black on white.

Firstly, having a high contrast between the text color and background color is considered good practice when it comes to accessibility issues. For users with vision issues such as poor eyesight or color blindness, dark text on a light background is generally considered the most readable. For reference: http://www.w3.org/TR/AERT#color-contrast

Secondly, although all of the research I'm familiar with concludes that dark on light text is by far the most legible for the majority of users, (http://www.laurenscharff.com/research/survreslts.html) I think it's safe to say that a good portion of people find light text on a dark background easier to read. Some of that has to do with monitor settings, viewing angle, and ambient room brightness, but I think a lot of it is just personal preference.

I realize that opinions on the subject vary, and like every designer, on occasion I make a foray into the world of light text on a dark background. However, in this case I'd rather choose to go with what research and web standards agree on. Again, you can't please everyone.

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« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2009, 12:53:02 PM »

I believe the problem is pure black against pure white, which creates a harsh contrast. Even pure white against pure black is very harsh, though still easier on the eyes.
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« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2009, 03:07:07 PM »

It's clean, I like that.  Smiley
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