Contrast computer screen - B/W vs. W/B

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by byteschreck, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. byteschreck

    byteschreck Guest

    Which contrast scheme is best for long hours in front of the computer

    I have used black text on a white background for the past few years for
    my programming work.

    Recently, I installed a ClearType font from Microsoft specifically
    designed to reduce programmers' eye-strain ("Consolas") which had an
    incredible effect on my eyes; they are now much less tired after a long
    day of work.

    However, I still feel there is room for improvement. Any information
    highly appreciated.
    byteschreck, Jul 16, 2006
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    Charles Guest

    I don't have any answers, but thanks for mentioning Cleartype. I
    didn't even realize it was an option on my computer... what a

    As the other poster said, I find it much less straining to use
    something other than white behind black text, like light grey or beige.

    Charles, Jul 17, 2006
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  3. ClearType actually blurs the text generating a somewhat softer image of the
    characters. If a display does not have the type of fixed pixels that
    ClearType expects, text rendered with ClearType enabled may actually look
    worse than type rendered without it. Displays that have no fixed pixel
    positions, such as crt displays, may be harder to read if ClearType is

    If you want further options for cleartype, you can download the cleartype
    tuner powertoy directly from microsoft.
    Rev Jessie James, Jul 17, 2006
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    byteschreck Guest

    That is misleading. It does not "blur" anything - it uses the subpixels
    each LCD pixel consists of, thereby increasing the text resolution
    byteschreck, Jul 17, 2006
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    byteschreck Guest

    Very nice colors. I noticed you can change the background color
    systemwide in the display settings (in Windows, of course).
    byteschreck, Jul 17, 2006
  6. Rev Jessie James, Jul 18, 2006
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    Dennis Roark Guest

    ClearType with an LCD screen is helpful. ClearType does not work well
    with CRT screens. Something else to do is to go to the advanced
    properties settings of your video adaptor and lower the Gamma setting to
    between .5 and .6. On an LCD screen using ClearType, this can
    significantly improve the appearance and readability of text. The
    colors will also become more "vibrant", less washed out.

    Dennis Roark

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    Dennis Roark, Jul 22, 2006
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    The Real Bev Guest

    Ewww. The upper set is annoyingly blurry. Personally, I favor the
    Trebuchet font with capitals roughly 1/8" high, using dark blue
    (#000063) letters on a light blue (@ceceff) background.
    "Once you've provoked a few people into publicly swearing they are going
    to hunt you down and kill you, the thrill wears off." -Elric of Imrryr
    The Real Bev, Jul 31, 2006
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