On Sat, Feb 03, 2018 at 09:02:10AM -0500, rhkra...@gmail.com wrote:
> On Friday, February 02, 2018 09:30:10 PM Hendrik Boom wrote:
> > On Fri, Feb 02, 2018 at 06:10:57PM +0000, Alexander Ross wrote:
> > > Re Webpage background, heh yea im the opposite, i find it harder to read
> > > a white/light background. saying that my email client is set to use
> > > light blue... lately ive been using owl firefox addon[1] for changing
> > > websites themes to a dark one. found it to give me relief from eye
> > > strain :).
> > 
> > I prefer light text on a dark background.  Especially at night, when the
> > screen otherwise becomes glaringly bright.  It also reduces flicker on
> > slow-refresh monitors.
> > 
> > And as for the letter-thinning you experience with white text -- that's
> > exactly what I perceive with white text!  I think it is an effect of
> > slight lack of focus. with a bright background it eaats into the letter
> > shapes, but if the shapes become a little blurry they are still quie
> > readable.
> > 
> > I son't understand how the opposite effect which you report arises.
> 
> I guess you mean why I see that thinning effect with light text on a dark 
> background?  Interesting.
> 
> I guess it could be:
>    * our eyes trained differently
>    * our eyes function differently--I have astigmatism, but it is corrected 
> by 
> my glasses so I don't think that is a factor
>    * different tools on our computers render the fonts differently?  (I'm not 
> sure I know what, in the end, actually renders the fonts on my computer--is 
> it 
> X (assuming my Wheezy installation is using X), or is it different for 
> different 
> apps?
> 
> I did find a bug report not too long ago for some application which actually 
> confirmed the bias I described, and described how that worked (in general 
> terms)--I'll make a cursory search or try to remember where I found that, 
> and, 
> if I do, I'll post it here.
> 
> Of course, the one URL which Florian posted did provide some reasons why dark 
> text on a light background is generallly better for your eyes (iirc the 
> article).
> 
> https://ux.stackexchange.com/questions/53264/dark-or-white-color-theme-is-
> better-for-the-eyes#

It argues that with more light the eye has more information to use to 
focus properly.

But if focus isn't proper for whatever reason, I think white letters 
becoming blurry are more readable than  white background invading the 
thin black lines.

I discovered this long ago in the days of fuzzy CRTs.  I wonder what 
physical media those experiments werre carried out with.

-- hendrik

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