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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 ...


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: ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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.


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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