Talk:Light-on-dark color scheme

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For a November 2004 deletion debate over this page see Wikipedia:Votes for deletion/White-on-black color scheme

Can we have some evidence for this please? Cites? The Anome

At various times I have heard "black on white", "white on black", "dark blue on light blue", "orange on black" and "pale yellow on dark blue" all advocated by some study or another to be the "best" colour scheme. I take all this with a pinch of salt -- Chris Q 11:38 Mar 5, 2003 (UTC)

I don't think anyone seriously would advocate text on a light background being best, except for WYSIWYG applications. Kim Bruning 20:59, 27 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Black-on-white will close the iris, resulting in a longer depth of field and less eyestrain due to changing focus. (talk) 03:54, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
Why would you claim that a closed iris would result in less focus-change? Light strains the eyes. More light = more strain. Black on a white background = more light = more strain. This seems downright obvious to me... but then I also have to wear sunglasses to work because the fluorescent lighting is absolute hell on my retinas. I would well imagine that it relates directly to preferred background light-levels (and obviously my preference is a dark room). ~ SotiCoto (talk) 16:03, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

Black text on a plain background elicited reliably faster reading performance than on a medium-textured background. When compared to reading light text on a dark background, people read black text on a white background up to thirty-two percent faster. In general, the greater the contrast between the text and background, the easier the text is to read.

-- Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines, 2006 (chapter 11, page 2; ) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Myfonj (talkcontribs) 00:42, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

Merge with Dark-on-light color scheme[edit]

How should we merge these - perhaps to high-contrast color scheme? But that would be more suggestive of an OS-wide high contrast theme... any suggestions? « Aaron Rotenberg « Talk « 05:10, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

Light-on-dark isn't necessarily the same as High Contrast. For instance, I have my work computer set to light-grey on medium-grey. The text is lighter than the background, but the contrast is comparatively low. ~ SotiCoto (talk) 16:06, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

White-on-* printing[edit]

How the printing by (white) gaps in some printing plate (say, black) is named? In Russian it is ru:Выворотка. Because White-on-black (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) redirects here, an appropriate link should be added under a {{redirect}}, if someone can remember this term. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 09:16, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

Reference incorrect?[edit]

I don't know if things have changed (it's quite an old article) but a LCD works differently to a CRT and should consume more power drawing black than white. I looked up some alternative articles on Tom's Hardware and such and they agree. I suspect the figures in the article were made up, or whoever edited the article presumed they had been mixed up.

Citations:,2683-6.html — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:39, 17 December 2012 (UTC)

Web issue[edit]

Having worked for a while with a computer set to show white text on black on webpages, the biggest issue is that many attributes are set wrongly by people assuming a white background, resulting too often in illegible pages or elements of black on black. (talk) 23:11, 12 July 2016 (UTC)