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This answer is more general, instead of just white I'll focus on light backgrounds. There are two main factors that influence the fact that most websites use a light background, the first is the power of defaults and the second is readability. Defaults and standards HTML and CCS Styling in browsers defaults to white, most of the users, in this case the ...


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It can either be a matter of the context or simply a choice of visual style. If the form is displayed in the same context as other elements on the view (promotion message, login form, etc.) it can be a good idea to frame it in order to visually map it as a unity to the user and yield closure of completion. This is the case for eg. the Twitter sign up view: ...


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Contrary to the other answers in here, I'd say there's nothing particularly wrong about your site's color choices. We spend all day looking at light backgrounds and dark text (MS Word, StackExhcange, lots of IDEs, etc.) I have a hunch people aren't complaining about the colors on your site. They're complaining that you changed the design of their site. ...


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What causes the issue is staring at a very bright background continuously. This causes the cells at your retina to get tired, which makes reading almost impossible. There are two fixes: Avoid using large very bright backgrounds (duh!). Any large surface should be something other than bright white. Variation. The issue is not really caused by something ...


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It's the contrast between your background and foreground colours that matters. So most things that will reduce this contrast while still having the text readable will help. Personally, I like having an off-while subtle texture as the background and dark grey text for the foreground. This is still readable and easy on the eyes.


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Visually the box provides a grouping of the elements - Grouping the form fields, making them distinct from the rest of the content. Working on the gestalt principle of closure. That box is usually the fieldset element of the HTML. It's not clear from your example, but fieldsets usually go around related elements, so you could have multiple in a form. The ...


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I agree with JohnGB, the contrast between your foreground and background will determine the legibility of your website. However, your question seems more of a monitor problem than a specific UX question. All monitors are different and users have different levels of tolerance of the brightness set on their screens. For example, UX StackExchange is mostly ...


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To let the content stand out, you want a neutral background to build on. If you use to much colors and color patterns, the background seems more important than the content and structure. In most cases white is seen as a neutral background color and other colors, even when used in smaller proportion, are the colors that convey the most meaning in a ...


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It looks like you have improved the UI that it is actually more readable now than before. You have changed from serif font to sans-serif which increases readability on screens. The factors that effect readability are the following: Choosing a legible font With legible font size Sufficient contrast The right length of lines Distinct sections ...


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I think what could be happening is that combined with the change from serif to san-serif and the use of quite a black font on a virtually white background is causing a ghosting contrast problem especially when moving on to sites with quite a light font. The sans-serif font results overall in more ink on the page because the strokes are a constant width, so ...


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Simply put I think its just harder and costs more to design a site in dark colours than white colours. Firstly as pointed out in other answers contrast is king when it comes to readability and black on white is easier to read rather than white on black, but not that much easier. I read books on my Android phone with white text on a black background and have ...


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The colors, although helpful, are not that important. I would use full-blue (That is, #0000FF, or rgb 000,000,255), but mainly focus on a font that is not distracting, and is easy to read (Don't be using exo on a text editor), and make it easily readable (Within a size of 12-14em). This will ensure the user will have the most focused workspace, allowing them ...


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Consistency is always an important part of usability but that's not to say that some things can't change. It really depends on why you want the page to look different. For example, it is common for a website to use colour coding to identify different areas of a website, where things like text, headings and links all change colour. That helps users to ...


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I'm going to channel my inner Jakob Nielsen and say do not abuse your users' trust. Do not force them to download images (in this case video) that they didn't ask for. The average user is still on a 28.8 modem or at best 56.6 (um make that 3G or at best 4G LTE) and this will only interfere with your users access to your content. If the user wants it he can ...


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Unlike the other responders, I don't find it nauseating at all, and have been annoyed by situations with gray ambiguity in the past and resorted to creating a new layer solid contrast color by hand.  I certainly wouldn't make it the only option, but if it's readily toggleable it could be useful to a good many users. The speed is a bit fast, and I can see ...


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I don't know how useable the animation would be, it might make it tricky to spot probelms as it's always moving, I would just offer a few background options, Checked, Black, White and maybe a bright green/pink.


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This is a question that can possibly related to Gestalt grouping. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principles_of_grouping The box simply is a way, visually, to tie elements together. There are multiple ways of grouping elements but I think the most common we see is proximity and using elements to create visual containers. The same principles aren't just for ...


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I'm positive you can find a gradient/text colour combination where the large majority will be able to read it without considerable effort. However, does that make it justified? Well, that's up to personal preference, personally I'd not take the risk.


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Check the colours you use for the text and background using one of the online tools, e.g. http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200709/10_colour_contrast_checking_tools_to_improve_the_accessibility_of_your_design/



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