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A color selection tool for the readability of textual information on Web pages

Zuffi, Silvia; Beretta, Giordano; Brambilla, Carla

HPL-2005-216

Keyword(s): readability; color; Web design; automatic layout

Abstract: One of the issues in Web page design is the selection of appropriate combinations of background and foreground colors to display textual information. Colors have to be selected in order to guarantee legibility for different devices, viewing conditions and, more important, for all the users, including those with deficient color vision. In this paper we present a tool to select background and foreground colors for the display of textual information. The tool is based on the Munsell Book of Colors; it allows the browsing of the atlas and indicates plausible colors based on a set of legibility rules, which have been defined experimentally.

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