[thelist] Re: Text/Background Readability

Scott Schrantz scotts at rci-nv.com
Wed Jul 3 12:36:01 CDT 2002

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tim Luoma [mailto:luomat at peak.org]
> who wants to print out a black page with white text?  I can see
> thousands of Inkjet owners feeling the bleed....
>  <snip />
> It sounds like a job for stylesheets ;-)

Indeed. A print stylesheet, specifically. Any page that uses colors other
than black on white should offer a print stylesheet that *does* specify
black on white. And while you're at it you can use the same stylesheet to
hide sidebars and navigation menus, creating a "print-friendly" page without
the need for two versions.

And, to further the debate, I seem to remember seeing an article that said
black on white wasn't actually the best combination, because the brightness
of all that white could cause eye strain faster. I think they gave a certain
combination of greens that provided the best readability in their studies.
I would agree that black on white is better than white on black, though.

Scott Schrantz
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