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Re: Color Style Logic in Digital Documents

From: <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 13:26:53 +0100
To: public-i18n-ethiopic@w3.org
Message-ID: <b78d5622-e879-4529-c4a8-23d15e57c9ea@w3.org>
hi Daniel,

i think Martin answered all your questions at least as well, and 
probably better than i could.

cheers,
ri

On 04/05/2016 12:41, Martin J. Dürst wrote:
> Hello Daniel,
>
> On 2016/05/03 12:15, Daniel Yacob wrote:
>> A small annoyance of mine is having to change MS Word's default header
>> colors from blue to black.  I read somewhere that Microsoft determined
>> that
>> most of the documents produced with Word would be digital and that blue
>> looked better on a screen.  I do like blue in the headers of W3C
>> standards
>> in HTML, but have never liked it in documents.  That's just my subjective
>> view.
>>
>> Richard do you know the rationale behind the text color choices in W3C
>> publications?
>
> These color choices go way back to ca. 2000. See e.g.
> https://www.w3.org/TR/1998/REC-xml-19980210 and
> https://www.w3.org/TR/2000/REC-xml-20001006.
>
> I think it mostly has to do with the W3C logo and its color.
>
>> Presumably, blue headers would be universally desirable in all scripts
>> and
>> languages for digital documents.
>
> I just wanted to try in my version of Word. But then I found out that I
> don't know how to tell it to make something a header. That's how rarely
> I use it. But anyway, I don't remember when I have last seen a document
> with blue headers, except for the W3C Technical Reports (and those that
> copied that style).
>
>> Is blue acceptable for Ethiopic?
>
> I have no idea, sorry.
>
>
>> It occurs to me that it may be advantageous to apply a style sheet
>> that set
>> the color of hulet neteb to an off-black hue, perhaps a dark gray.  Which
>> possibly would help it in its job as a word separator by being even more
>> visually distinct while not distracting.  Is there a shade that would
>> help
>> increase line parsing and thus reading speed?
>
> To answer that, you probably have to make actual experiments. But
> readability depends on many factors, so you may need quite a large
> number of subjects.
>
> Regards,   Martin.
>
>
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