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    #11

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

    I just realized that my earlier complaint was a little unclear. The forum titles ("General Member Discussions" in the image I posted in #5) were fine. It's the text below them "As a registered member of the forum...." that induces painful eyestrain. For most people, the most readable text is black on white. Web designers have adopted a lower-contrast, "flatter" look realized here with light-gray-on-white colors. Many peoples' eyes see text like that as out of focus, and react by contracting the lens muscles.

    Here's how I fix the new look with the AlphaText extension to Chrome:


    ...compared to how the page displays natively:


    I'm not thrilled with my fix -- I think I liked the original look better, but I can't remember which font it used and I don't want to spend a lot of time tinkering. But you can see that the key difference is in the text beginning "An area...."
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    I am not a teacher.

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    #12

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Red5 View Post
    Better now?
    No. You changed the blue color which was fine. The problem was (and still is) with the gray-on-white text.
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  3. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #13

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

    Is this low-contrast setting a Windows one? We don't see it in Linux or Apple.

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    #14

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

    I think the style sheet is requesting a font that isn't installed on my computer (presumably because it's not a default Windows font). Chrome substitutes a very light font which it thinks is similar.
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  5. Webmaster, UsingEnglish.com
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    #15

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

    It was and is requesting Verdana. However, I've now made it more specific (and removed the blue links). Hope this works for you all.
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    #16

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

    That's so much better. All back to black! Thank you.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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