Link: Readable colour text combinations

May 5, 2006

Color Test Results is a summary of the results of surveying a bunch of Internet users about what colour text on what background they found the easiest to read. The summary quote:

As you can see, the most readable color combination is black text on white background; overall, there is a stronger preference for any combination containing black.

Not coincidentally, most of my text is black on white (or black on slightly off-white). I was interested to see that white on black actually rates fairly highly, because for me bright colours on black (like white, jwz's green, etc) rapidly give me eye-searing, headache inducing afterimages.

(The survey is pretty old, but human perception is unlikely to have changed that much in ten years or so.)

(From Bill de hÓra.)

Written on 05 May 2006.
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