On Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 12:57 AM, Pau Giner <pginer@wikimedia.org> wrote:
An interesting link defending those ideas with some examples: http://contrastrebellion.com/

I agree we should be very careful to preserve readability, but I find that site a little ridiculous. It's arguing that we don't have to sacrifice aesthetics for readability... and it's ugly as sin. "High contrast" pairings like #cfba58 on black don't help their case. 

Readability is not just about contrast. In that very site, they also make controversial choices like pure white text on a pure black background, which is not universally agreed to be easy on the eyes.[1][2] Part of the reason I understand that there's been a movement away from 'pure white on black' as a standard for text is that high levels of contrast can be hard on your eyes with extended reading... such as reading long Wikipedia articles. 

1. http://uxmovement.com/content/when-to-use-white-text-on-a-dark-background/
2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light-on-dark_color_scheme

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