Usability / colours

Wim De Smet wdesmet at
Tue Jul 24 18:00:57 UTC 2001

Josef Dalcolmo said:

> wdesmet at said:
> > sys. And I think there's a problem when people find black screens
> > "scary" (making them blue would probably not help either ;)
> I agree, however the choice of colours of some applications is rather
> suboptimal, to put it mildly. Lynx for example or Jed have colour settings
> that not only offend the eye but are very difficult to read (like dark
> letters on black background). Both can be configured differently, but I
> there should be better default. Note that even a colour blind person found
> settings terrible. Colour should be an enhancement, but not necessary for
> usability!
> I do not find black backgrounds scary, since I have used computers since
> all had black background on the screens, but I do find them more tiring on
> eyes. Unfortunately, the default colour choices of some applications in a
> terminal with non-black background setting seem not very good. Fortunately
> this all seems to apply mostly to older (but still useful) apps.
> - Josef
Isn't this a glare problem? Glare on a black screen is more impeding than on
a coloured desktop. Actually I find black-white contrast pretty good on the
eyes. But maybe that's just me, or my screen.


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