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Samples of readable text/background color combinations according to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines.1
Text is the primary communication and entertainment medium in the tildeverse. Whether we are playing at a shell or surfing hand-crafted Web pages, the view is usually dominated by text.
Color is an important part of the text experience and can make the difference between delight and pain when reading a screen. The right colors can set a mood or theme for a program or site. The wrong colors can cause physical discomfort and drown out the message the text is trying to communicate. But of the 275 trillion possible combinations of text and background color, which are the right ones?
The pages linked above contain sample charts of combinations of text and background colors judged readable one of the following criteria:
Caldwell, Cooper, Reid, & Vanderheiden (2008). Web Conent Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. World Wide Web Consortium. December 11, 2008. <http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/> accessed January 12, 2015.
Hall, Richard H. Color Combinations and Readability. Missouri University of Science and Technology. <http://web.mst.edu/~rhall/web_design/color_readability.html> accessed January 12, 2015.
Luminosity Colour Contrast Ratio Analyser. Juicy Studio. <http://juicystudio.com/services/luminositycontrastratio.php> accessed January 12, 2015.