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    White Content Area Background?

    Hello,

    I'm in the process of creating a new Design for my blog, and I'm wondering if it's better, for readability and such, to have the Background colour behind all the main content be white? Currently, it's Blue. Will it being White make my blog more readable?

    Thanks.
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    readable background color

    IMHO it's not so much the color (unless it's the "color blindness" colors) that causes a problem as much as it is insufficient contrast. I think a light blue would be OK.

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    Do you think it would look "cleaner" with a white background?
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    Some users with severe visual impairment may need as much contrast as possible to read text on the screen. Black on white will help, but since they may need to keep their eyes very close to the screen, the white glare can be a problem. White or very pale yellow text on a black or very dark grey background can be more appropriate for this group of users.

    However, users with certain types of dyslexia will benefit from less contrast. They may prefer something like navy blue text on a pastel yellow background.

    There are conflicting needs for different user groups. The only way to accommodate both of these groups is to provide alternate style sheets. Or you could say that part of the onus is on the user and that they should use a browser that supports user style sheets. (Opera, for instance, comes with W/B and B/W high-contrast user style sheets and an 'accessible' user style sheet with a pastel green background by default.)
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    I do think that plain white backgrounds look good but i'm not a great fan of black on white. Instead I'll use a dark grey on white...
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