November 6th, 2012, 02:36 PM
This might be the wrong spot for this, but it is loosely related to CSS...
Recently I proposed a design that used #333 for text and white for the background. The clients said they found it too gray. "I'll show them!" I thought, "I know I've read articles that say dark gray is better for readability than black!"
Then I looked, and found a mishmash of recommendations. Most sites dedicated to usability and accessibility said black on white has the highest contrast, and seem to assume it must be better.
Other sites recommend dark gray text, but it seems to be more of a personal preference recommendation rather than something backed up by data.
Does anyone know of a study that has some data that has looked at which option is best for readability?
Last edited by rdoyle720; November 6th, 2012 at 02:45 PM.
November 6th, 2012, 06:52 PM
I haven't seen a study like that before.
I think gray on white looks better, but I don't know if it's actually easier to read. To me it seems logical that higher contrast is easier to read, but I don't know if that is proved.