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Legibility and subjective preference for color combinations in text.
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PMID:  2210772     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined legibility performance and subjective preference for text/background color combinations displayed on a video monitor. Luminance contrast was fixed at two preoptimized levels, either with text brighter than the background (10:1) or vice versa (1:6.5). In Experiment 1, 32 subjects rated about 800 color combinations. No evidence suggested differential effects of luminance polarity or hue, with the only exception that cool background colors (blue and bluish cyan) tended to be preferred for the light-on-dark polarity. Saturation had the most important influence on ratings. Any desaturated color combination appears to be satisfactory for text presentation. In Experiment 2 a reduced set of 18 color combinations was investigated with a new sample of 18 subjects. Reading and search times as well as multidimensional ratings were evaluated. There was no evidence for an influence of luminance polarity or chromaticity on performance. Subjective ratings corresponded well with the results of Experiment 1.
S Pastoor
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Human factors     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0018-7208     ISO Abbreviation:  Hum Factors     Publication Date:  1990 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-11-21     Completed Date:  1990-11-21     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374660     Medline TA:  Hum Factors     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  157-71     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Heinrich-Hertz-Institut für Nachrichtentechnik, Berlin, West Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Data Display*
Reference Values
Task Performance and Analysis
Visual Perception

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