Sunday 4 May

“To see, or not to see,
That is the question” (Apologies to Bill Shakespeare).


I have noticed recently that there is a growing trend by website designers to try to make the text on their pages virtually unreadable. By this I mean that by using very small fonts and lightening the colour they seem to think it’s very trendy. Trying to read light grey text on a grey background is very frustrating, especially for people like myself who suffer with a mild form of colour blindness.

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What is wrong with black text on a white background? The newspapers have been doing this ever since the Romans threw away their wax tablets and started using sharpened sticks dipped in ink and papyrus! The whole point of writing is to convey information from one person to others, and not to show off your artistic skills.
The following examples (my text) from some websites on the Internet have been reproduced here using the colours their designers decided on. The first one is acceptable, but if it was any lighter I would have some difficulty in reading it.
The original intention behind HTML was to permit academics and researchers to pass information over the WWW in a simple manner via hyperlinks. The content had a simple and basic structure without any fancy formatting. Thus, there were levels of headings, paragraph tags, simple list and blockquote tags.
This one I cannot decipher at all, and I would give up on it without even trying.
The original intention behind HTML was to permit academics and researchers to pass information over the WWW in a simple manner via hyperlinks. The content had a simple and basic structure without any fancy formatting. Thus, there were levels of headings, paragraph tags, simple list and blockquote tags.
Here’s another example I came across. Remember, these are genuine, I’ve just changed the text otherwise you might recognise the site they came from.
The original intention behind HTML was to permit academics and researchers to pass information over the WWW in a simple manner via hyperlinks. The content had a simple and basic structure without any fancy formatting. Thus, there were levels of headings, paragraph tags, simple list and blockquote tags.
Wouldn’t that last one look better like this:
The original intention behind HTML was to permit academics and researchers to pass information over the WWW in a simple manner via hyperlinks. The content had a simple and basic structure without any fancy formatting. Thus, there were levels of headings, paragraph tags, simple list and blockquote tags.
Or even like this?
The original intention behind HTML was to permit academics and researchers to pass information over the WWW in a simple manner via hyperlinks. The content had a simple and basic structure without any fancy formatting. Thus, there were levels of headings, paragraph tags, simple list and blockquote tags.
Why do they insist on using very small fonts as well? I can understand it if you are printing a book or something in order to save on paper, but on the net, you have as much space as you need without incurring any extra cost?
Yes, I know there is some small, faint, unreadable text on this site, but that is built into the WordPress template and I don’t want to cock things up by trying to alter it.