Web Design: Say No to Grey Text on White Background

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i dunno what's going on with web design crowd, but more and more people have websites that's hard to read, using grey text on white background.

Exhibition

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web design: grey text on white background.
google blog grey on white screenshot
Google Blog, grey on white screenshot.

Google is well-known for their decisions based on statistical data and A/B Testing. Did Google actually do A/B Testing on this and has scientifically determined that people prefer grey text on white instead of the normal black on white?

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rt.com screenshot, . Greyer and greyer!
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Won't it be grayt if it just blend seemlessly into the background?

Gray on Gray!

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mirror mirror, who's the grayest of them all?

Black on Gray! and Grey Poupon!

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Black on Grey!
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arstechnica screenshot, . Can you read those orange texts?

Solarized Color Theme ?= Science

There's a website called Solarize, that focuses on desigining the most readable color theme, supposedly based on science of color contrast. Witness:

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Solarize website screenshot

Do you find the text easy to read?

Things get worse:

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The Solarized color themes are low contrast, and supposedly works better when your computer display is under sunlight. Maybe so, but it looks terrible indoors.

see also: 〔contrast rebellion By Zoltán Gócza, Richard Gazdik. @ contrastrebellion.com…

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