If a site is quite info based, say it reviews music or books so there is a fair amount of text and reading required, is black text on a white background the only option.
I ask this because nearly every tutorial article says that this is by far the best option if you have a lot of text, they often quote that large companies use this because after usability tests such as Suns this combination was easiest on the eye.
I am helping a friend design his site and he would like a colored background, but not at the expense of people leaving the site because they find it hard to read. He asked me and I had no problem with either a dark text on a light background or white text on a darkish background, providing that the backgrounds were more of a matt finish such as white text on #3366cc and not a gloss finish.
However before commiting to this I thought I'd check here to see what everyone else thinks, any opinions much appreciated, thanks - Neil.