From: Roger Johansson
Subject: Color settings
Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2002 23:10:35 +0200
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I just tried a program which did not use standard windows colors,
which the user can set globally in the operative system.
But at least the programmer had included user settable colors.
So I spent a few minutes to get a useful user interface.
Discovered a part of the program which uses bright white background.
One should not use bright white backgrounds anywhere in a windows
Windows is an operative system where text is mixed with colors,
pictures, icons, and multimedia objects.
If the background is bright white it limits the dynamic possibilities
of pictures and colors, because the only way to go from bright white
is towards duller, darker colors.
All colors are less bright than bright white.
This means that all colors look dull if combined with a bright white
So we have chosen less bright backgrounds in the windows environment,
to give pictures and colors more possibilities of being both brighter
and duller than the background.
The windows users have gotten used to these less than bright white
background colors, like the standard windows background, light gray.
And many have chosen their own favorite colors.
When we suddenly get a big area of the screen shining bright white in
our faces we get irritated, and less inclined to use such a program.
Ooops, just realized that this may sound like a rant..
Well, it wasn't, it was a try to help.
And my explanations of these arguments are thoroughly technical, you
won't get any better advice anywhere else.