How the Web Became Unreadable
Kevin Marks

There’s a point here, after reading some of the resisting responses — and while I happen to be one of those whose reading is very disturbed by over-de-contrasting.

It’s that overly-contrasted web pages aren’t much fun to read either, and that the real answer here has to be a happy medium — no pun intended…

Maybe the first thing for real designers to consider is that much of their readership world does not see what they see on their latest-and-greatest Apple Retina monitor or iPhone. As the Swiss will say, Punkt!

How to answer this may be to have an auxiliary viewing screen available, an aging non-IPS Windows laptop or monitor being good. I couldn’t find a software plugin to do this, but there may also be one.

Variation in text strength and background shades is good for comfort and presentation, no doubt, and is also more stylish, thus its attraction even to the computer-focused. The thing you want to do is not take this too far.

About half as much dulling down as presently observed would be the right range to let us all see your work at best. Quite possibly the author Mark’s guideline limitations for contrast ratio are near this, as they seem at about the same ratio to online reality. I’d go just a bit farther, and let your efforts head towards sparkle…thanks for really doing it…

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