--- Comment #9 from Marcin Cieślak <marcin.cies...@gmail.com> ---
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)
http://webaim.org/blog/wcag-2-0-and-link-colors/ 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
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
> Measure. White text on a black background is a higher contrast to the
> 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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