--- Comment #9 from Marcin CieĊ›lak <> ---
When planning color scheme you also need to take into account appropriate
contrast between link text and non-link text, including active and visited
elements. So, link text needs to contrast not only against the background but
also against the non-link text.

This article (from another Jared by the way) explains in the easy way that
if your primary colours are not white and black the choice for links gets very

I also have to take note that relative luminance cannot be the only factor,
since for example I feel that #666 text on #fff background vs. #fff text on
#666 have different readability, but the same relative luminance according to
WCAG definition. (If you are interested, I find #fff on #666 bg more
"contrasting" than #666 on #fff). There is an interesting remark
here on
the white text on dark background schemes:

> When reversing colour out, eg white text on black, make sure you increase the 
> leading, tracking and decrease your font-weight. This applies to all widths 
> of 
> Measure. White text on a black background is a higher contrast to the 
> opposite,
> so the letterforms need to be wider apart, lighter in weight
> and have more space between the lines.

Seen many usability consultants and fads come and go I'd be extremely cautious
here. For example, when working on the terminal emulator I definitely prefer
light on dark while most light on dark websites are more difficult to read? I
don't seem to be getting answer from various experts around.

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