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Is there any guidance or evidence suggesting whether it is better* within the body of a webpage to have titles (and subtitles) in a contrasting colour to the body text? Does this improve readability of the page, or is it purely a design choice?

  • by better, I mean easier for a user to scan / read a page and determine the key concepts described.
  • I don't understand what you mean @Paparazzi ? – Matthew Dresser Jul 21 '16 at 13:59
  • What do you mean when you say "contrasting colour"? or do you just mean "a different colour"? – SteveD Jul 22 '16 at 11:13
  • @Splatz yes, just a different colour. – Matthew Dresser Jul 26 '16 at 10:40
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Solid understanding of typography may help you because there is more than one way to improve readability and make it easier to scan the page.

The following article has some examples which illustrate how use of colour, font size, font case, spacing above and below, etc can all help titles and subtitles to stand out (this helps you to scan):

http://retinart.net/typography/typographicscale/

Also the text you use for your titles and subtitles plays a big part in the readability too.

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