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From: email@example.com (StevJensen)
Date: 28 Oct 2002 15:21:53 GMT
Organization: AOL http://www.aol.com
Subject: Re: Program BOTLOAD
Roger Johansson firstname.lastname@example.org
>email@example.com (StevJensen) wrote:
>>Research shows that simple white text on a black background is easier on the
>>eyes (not that anybody seems to pay attention).
>There is even better and more modern research which shows that black
>text on a light (but not too bright) background is the best.
>The swedish workers health institute recommends something like the
>standard windows colors.
>These are also used in newspapers and books, black text on light but
>not too bright white background.
I generally agree with all you have to say below, which was the reason
that I posted a response in the first place.
OTH I remember the article on background color being quite recent.
If I get a chance I will try to find the reference. IIRC the source might
be the same source that you refer to. Data like this isn't always
constant, due to overlooked factors, which is why I think user choice
>These standard colors in windows are a convention, and it is like it
>is for very good reasons, just like many of the conventions we use in
>Even if you yourself do not understand why the conventions are like
>they are you should follow them anyway.
>The colors in windows are also user adjustable, to let people have the
>working environment they want. Or need for some reason.
>Why not let the user use the colors he has chosen instead of forcing
>him to use some other combination the programmer thinks is fine?
>It is that kind of thinking which produces such un-usable web sites
>too, with dark blue text on black, pink text on light pink background,
>The idea of light colors burning into the screen is totally outdated,
>it was valid a long time ago when the screens were of inferior
>quality. Today most people have their screens on all day with very
>light (but not bright white) backgrounds.
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