which gray is best for print?

Gary Kline kline at thought.org
Sun Sep 7 01:25:15 UTC 2008

On Sun, Sep 07, 2008 at 01:33:55AM +0200, cpghost wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 06, 2008 at 10:38:45AM -0700, Kent wrote:
> (...)
> > IIRC, dyslexics have a much harder time reading when the background is dark.
> > 
> > Kent
> That's really interesting! ... But everyone's different:
> Personally, I really dislike pure white backgrounds on light-emitting
> surfaces. When reading from a physical book, white is the best background,
> but when reading it from a CRT or LCD, it hurts my eyes very fast up to a
> point where I start to get a headache and have to stop after 10 to 20
> minutes. That's why I usually use a user-specific CSS to override that
> pure-white background and change it to light grey. I even wrote a little
> transparent web proxy many years ago, that would rewrite HTML back in the
> days when CSS was not yet as popular, just to grey-ish this hurting white
> background.

Man, this is getting interestinger and interestinger.  wHen i've found
something that looks enhoyable but hurts my eyes -- and Yes! i detest
reading online for very long [esp'ly with any (censored) ads flashing],
I'll save the file and change the colors.  if it's some script that has
no "#xxxxxx" i'll rty to save via lynx, then use my probgram to turn back
into HTML, and then edit the bg/fg to suit me.  ---i thought i was the
only one whose eyes hurts hurt.  Hmph.

> Of course, the ideal solution would be to offer visitors switchable or
> even freely-configurable color themes to satisfy everyone's tastes and
> preferences. But the issue is then still that of the default theme would
> usually still be (sadly IMHO, luckily in most other peoples' mind) pure
> white background... so it's still 'user-specific CSS' for new websites.

	This is something i've been considering for a couple years.  The
	ink+paper version is set in concrete, but the web version can be 
	PHp-tweaked. Or, more likely, let reader's have their choice of
	some N versions.  The whole of this "jottings" book/chapbook is
	< 90k bytes, so it's not like i'll be spending that much disk
	space.  Also, what i'm working on now is Version 2.0.x, smmaler 
	still thanks for friends' help.  As tho it weren't evident, i can
	run on a bit:)

> -cpghost.
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