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Chapter 25. Color Concepts > Contrast and Readability

Contrast and Readability

Contrast is a necessary element when designing with color. Simply defined, contrast is two colors that are different enough from one another to provide an obvious separation to the eye. Contrast is necessary to produce readable sites.

Many of you have undoubtedly visited sites where the background and body text have been difficult to read. In most cases, the problem is due to poor contrast. A light blue on a slightly darker blue isn't going to have enough contrast to be readable, as you can try to see in Figure 25.9. However, black on white is going to be very readable (see Figure 25.10).


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