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.
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?
There's a website called Solarize, that focuses on desigining the most readable color theme, supposedly based on science of color contrast. Witness:
Do you find the text easy to read?
Things get worse:
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. @ http://contrastrebellion.com/〕
see also: How to Calibrate Your Monitor's Color.