A Nurse with a Gun

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Color Change

Regular readers will note that I have made a color change to the titles, the links and the hover colors. I'm trying to make the blog a bit easier on the eyes. I've thought about ditching the black background and going with black on white, or perhaps dark grey on light grey, but doing so would jack with the layout/images excessively. I'm open for suggestions, fire away........

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22 Comments:

Anonymous Barfinigate said...

Not sure about others but I like the evil black background. I usually check out your thoughts before the sun comes up & it's very easy on the eyes.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Bob@thenest said...

My senior eyes can't focus on the front sight of any of my guns, but I'm reading your blog just fine.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

White on black is the easiest color scheme on the eye. It gives the best contrast ratio of any combination, and the human eye can detect a single white pixel on a black background easier than it can detect a single black pixel on a white background. The next best is amber on black, followed by red on black. red in fact is the color that the human eye is most sensitive to.

10:05 AM  
Blogger New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

I can't take the white on black. When I visit your site I hit Ctrl-A to inverse the colors. A pain, but necessary to cut back the eye strain.

The only thing worse would be red letters on a blue background.

11:33 AM  
OpenID reflectoscope said...

I'd read your writing regardless of the colour, but I like the light colours on black scheme you've got. Jim

12:12 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

NJT, Thanks for your input. It's folks like yourself for whom I'm looking for a solution.

Best,
XB

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Cory said...

Really, leave it the way it is, please. Another site I go to uses the same kind of layout for their articles, and I agree with their explanation for it 100%:

"I've chosen a black background for most of my text because it's easier on the eyes than staring at a white screen. Think about it: your monitor is not a piece of paper, no matter how hard you try to make it one. Staring at a white background while you read is like staring at a light bulb (don't believe me? Try turning off the lights next time you use a word processor). Would you stare at a light bulb for hours at a time? Not if you want to keep your vision."

I already keep my monitor at the dimmest possible level, even with your site the way it is now. In fact, I don't like much coming to the comment page because its black on white - blech!

Seriously, can you tell I wish ALL site were set up the same way as yours? Don't change a thing.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Ruminator said...

I'd also like to cast my vote for holding the dark background. I always find it easier on the eyes to have a dark background and a light foreground. If you do a little research, you'll find that dark/light is ergonomically superior to light/dark when reading on-screen, as opposed to the reverse when reading from the printed page. It's an interesting research project.

3:05 PM  
Blogger John S said...

I always believe the blogger gets to set things up to suit him/herself, and I'll just adapt. Long ago I found a site with bits of javascript to do things like change the color scheme, and I use that where necessary.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

X,

I'm having a hard time distinguishing the colors white and the new light yellow.

Example:"Internet Explorer is one big juicy target for cyberthugs. Switching to another web browser such as Opera or Firefox lowers your profile and makes you less of a target."

"Opera" and "Firefox" blend in together making it difficult to separate the sites you want us to go too from the regular text.

Otherwise this site is the greatest.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

I'll try a light blue for the links then.......

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the black background, makes it easy to read.

7:04 PM  
Blogger WVUChrome said...

PLEASE, leave it the way it is, I can't take the black on white so many computers use. It's blinding on a flat screen in the dark.

Later,
Chrome...

9:20 PM  
Anonymous tjm said...

black backround with white letters and blue links get my vote.

12:05 AM  
Blogger TheBronze said...

I like it the way it is.

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Alex B. said...

White on black is a personal favorite. Lightly-colored backgrounds are like staring at a lightbulb, like some people above mentioned.

12:45 AM  
Anonymous CarolinaLaw said...

I must cast my vote for leaving the background black with white text. It's easier at night and when using a laptop in a sunny room.

1:39 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

White on black is just fine, I keep mine light grey on black.

The cream color for the titles looks very nice as well. The cream color for the links is not so grerat, it's hard to distinguish the links from regular test.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Standard Mischief said...

Whatever you do, don't go with a low contrast between text and background. I'd rather see you adopt the overdone Matrix motif then that hard to read dark gray on light gray.

forstom!

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Xavier,

Please leave the black background, it is so much easier on the eyes. My only request would be to make the font of your articles bigger, so they are easier on the eyes, also.

Gotta tell ya - other than that, everything else is "DY-NO-MITE" here!

Thanks for all you've shared with us.

Steve

9:50 PM  
Anonymous 1894C said...

I like the new gold headers and light blue accent text.

Looks good.

Having said that, I concur that it is the OUTSTANDING content and fine writing that keep me coming back.

Thank you Sir.

1894C

7:42 PM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...

When I read your blog, I always use the bit of Java script that changes it to black-on-white in Firefox.

Otherwise it's Eyestrain City.

If the white of a web page is too bright, I think reducing the screen brightness is the cure, not a dark background.
YMMV

6:20 PM  

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