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Contrast computer screen - B/W vs. W/B
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Rev Jessie James
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 1:44 am    Post subject: Re: Contrast computer screen - B/W vs. W/B Reply with quote

I agree, smoothing is probably better term. Depending on the font, size,
and monitor characteristics it can be easier on the eyes..

There is a nice image on wiki that shows a magnifaction of text (c) with
cleartype and (d) without cleartype.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1e/ClearTypePixels2.jpg


<byteschreck@googlemail.com> wrote in message
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That is misleading. It does not "blur" anything - it uses the subpixels
each LCD pixel consists of, thereby increasing the text resolution
three-fold.


Rev Jessie James wrote:
ClearType actually blurs the text generating a somewhat softer image of
the
characters.
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byteschreck@googlemail.co
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 11:24 am    Post subject: Re: Contrast computer screen - B/W vs. W/B Reply with quote

Very nice colors. I noticed you can change the background color
systemwide in the display settings (in Windows, of course).


Rev Jessie James wrote:
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Personally I prefer black text (000000H) on a medium grey background
(C0C0C0H) or slate background (B9C8C4H).
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byteschreck@googlemail.co
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:59 am    Post subject: Re: Contrast computer screen - B/W vs. W/B Reply with quote

That is misleading. It does not "blur" anything - it uses the subpixels
each LCD pixel consists of, thereby increasing the text resolution
three-fold.


Rev Jessie James wrote:
Quote:
ClearType actually blurs the text generating a somewhat softer image of the
characters.
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Rev Jessie James
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Joined: 18 Apr 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 3:30 am    Post subject: Re: Contrast computer screen - B/W vs. W/B Reply with quote

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
enabled.

If you want further options for cleartype, you can download the cleartype
tuner powertoy directly from microsoft.

http://www.microsoft.com/typography/ClearTypePowerToy.mspx

Quote:

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
difference!
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biscuit
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 2:45 am    Post subject: Re: Contrast computer screen - B/W vs. W/B Reply with quote

byteschreck@googlemail.com wrote:

Quote:
Which contrast scheme is best for long hours in front of the computer
screen?

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.

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
difference!

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.

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Rev Jessie James
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 1:50 am    Post subject: Re: Contrast computer screen - B/W vs. W/B Reply with quote

I have done alot of work with various text on various backgrounds.

Personally I prefer black text (000000H) on a medium grey background
(C0C0C0H) or slate background (B9C8C4H).



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

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.
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byteschreck@googlemail.co
medicine forum beginner


Joined: 16 Jul 2006
Posts: 3

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 4:26 pm    Post subject: Contrast computer screen - B/W vs. W/B Reply with quote

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

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.
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