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Using Text Colors and Background Colors on Your Page

Both content and presentation are important in Web pages, just as they are in any form of communication. However, content is what most people are after, and you should remember this when you add color to a page. If most of the content of the page is in the text (and often it is), don't allow that text to be obscured by even the most stunning visual effects. White text in normal size on a black background, for example, is excruciatingly hard to read; if you want this combination, be prepared to allocate space to a large font or heading style. Some color combinations, such as orange and green or purple and yellow, seem to vibrate, and instantly detract from whatever your words are trying to say. So be careful when selecting background colors and text colors.

Unless the subject matter of the page requires it (such as high-quality photographic works or images of paintings), avoid using color depths over 8-bit (256 colors). Many systems are still set up for 256 colors, and the browsers might interpret the greater color depth as a pattern instead of a solid color. If such a pattern is behind the text, the text can be difficult or impossible to read. If you do need to use 16-bit color, put a warning on the home page that you're doing so.


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