W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > w3c-wai-ig@w3.org > April to June 2003

Re: Link colors, white text on black background

From: tom mcCain <tom@crittur.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2003 06:02:07 -0500
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-id: <a05200f01bb0b630e1d0a@[]>
>If I use white text on black background, what are the best colors for
>* link and visited link?

I volunteer teaching web design to students at the Indiana School for 
the Blind. We would recommend oranges, yellows or light-lime green 
for link and probably white for visited link, even knowing some 
people won't see a difference. Those students who see only black and 
white find boldface and underscoring more helpful for identifying 

Our low vision students practically detest the blue-and-purple cliche 
since those colors are so difficult to see on light backgrounds, and 
desaturating that clumsy combination when inverting to white-on-black 
hasn't helped.

And actually, we don't automatically feel compelled to make a 
distinction between link and visited link, especially if the overall 
design is such that making the distinction feels contrived.

. . / tom mcCain

indianapolis, indiana usa

Bike Estonia.
Received on Tuesday, 10 June 2003 07:02:52 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.4.0 : Friday, 17 January 2020 20:36:15 UTC