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    #1

    Low-Contrast Text in Forum Top-level Views

    It looks like UsingEnglish.com may have published a new style sheet. The top-level view of the forums now displays text in a low-contrast, gray-on-white color which is trendy in web design.

    These designs are popular because they look nice when displayed on the big screen in a conference room. However, many people (myself included) suffer painful eyestrain when presented with such pages. I use a couple of text-darkening Chrome extensions to combat the problem, but they don't always help.

    If I've guessed right and UsingEnglish.com has put up an updated style sheet, may I urge you to reconsider? My eyes begin to ache within seconds of opening pages with insufficient contrast. Doesn't reading mangled English in posts inflict enough punishment?

    [EDIT] I've added the AlphaText extension to my Chrome installation. It only took a moment to correct the unreadable new font. But most users won't be able to manage a fix like that for a problem which shouldn't exist in the first place....

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    Last edited by GoesStation; 01-May-2016 at 21:08.
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    #2

    Re: Low-Contrast Text in Forum Top-level Views

    I have seen no change in appearance on the forum. What device and browser are you using?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Low-Contrast Text in Forum Top-level Views

    Windows 7, Google Chrome.
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    Re: Low-Contrast Text in Forum Top-level Views

    I'm using Google Chrome too and I've seen no changes to the site. I am using a Mac, though, so maybe that's the difference.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Low-Contrast Text in Forum Top-level Views

    The text would display differently if the specified font doesn't exist on one of the platforms. Here's what it looks like on my computer:
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    #6

    Re: Low-Contrast Text in Forum Top-level Views

    I don't see it either (Chrome on Linux). I have emailed the webmaster to look into it.

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    #7

    Re: Low-Contrast Text in Forum Top-level Views

    Better now?
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    Re: Low-Contrast Text in Forum Top-level Views

    If the massive change I can now see, where all the titles, usernames etc are in really bright blue instead of the original black, I would have to say no, not better! Sorry.
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    #9

    Re: Low-Contrast Text in Forum Top-level Views

    Slightly less bad but still painful. Thanks for trying though -- maybe the third time will be the charm?

    Whatever style sheets were in use around April 28th might fix the problem.
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    #10

    Re: Low-Contrast Text in Forum Top-level Views

    I can't say that I like the blue links that much, but could get used to them.

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