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Most people who visit this page come here to use the Color Finder Tool below. If you haven't tried it yet, check it out. I use it even more than I thought I would. It's very useful.
About the Color Finder Tool
This is a tool to help you find text and background colors as quickly and easily as possible. It's based on the Colour Contrast Check Tool by Jonathan Snook (used with permission). His tool is great, but I don't need the compliance test and I'd rather have the text/background result at the top.
You can use the sliders or you can type in or paste a six-digit color code into the box and hit the Enter key. This tool is useful for finding that perfect text, link, or visited link color by seeing the text change color right in front of your eyes in real time.
Web sites are used to communicate with others, but if most people have a hard time reading your text, what's the point of having a web site? Some web sites have dark blue or dark purple text on a black background. I've even seen blue backgrounds with blue text on top that's only a shade different. I don't think these people even look at their own web sites, and if they don't, why should anyone else?
Most people who understand even a little about color know they should not use red text on a blue background ( Hard to read ), or blue text on a red background ( Hard to read ) because the normal human eye, with normal lenses, cannot focus on certain shades of red and blue at the same time. The text seems to vibrate which causes eye strain. You can read about that in any old World Book Encyclopedia, but you will still see red on blue or blue on red at some web sites. Although the combination of red and blue seems to be the most infamous, you'll notice that red on gray can be just as bad, and those probably aren't the only eye-abusing color combinations.
There are many poor color combinations, but if you actually look at your text, don't just know what the text says in your mind because you wrote it, but actually look at how the text looks against the background, you can avoid most newbie mistakes. If you find yourself using color combinations such as the ones in the Bad Examples list on this page, smack yourself in the back of the head with a rubber chicken and promise to never do it again.
Some web sites have busy backgrounds and that makes the text hard to read. It would be understandable if those sites were all owned by newbies, but you'll see that kind of thing from people who have owned a web site for many years. It's even more amazing when you see busy backgrounds on small business sites. I thought the reason for having a business web site was to sell products, not to annoy visitors.
If you feel that you absolutely must use a busy background (or you'll just die), there is a simple compromise. If you use tables or divs, you could display your text in a plain white box with your background surrounding it. Here's an example:
You can use a crazy background and still allow people to read your text.
People will still get to see your extraordinary, miraculous, earthshaking, life changing background image, but they will also be able to read your text without blood squirting from their eyes.
Some companies think it's cool to use their logo as the background and even if they're smart enough to fade the image until it's almost invisible, it can still be distracting and irritating. It's especially annoying when that logo has been turned into a static background. Ever see those? The image is always there in your way as you scroll up and down the page. Horribly evil and evidence of someone doing something they think is 'cool' without even considering how irritating it might be to potential customers. It would look more professional to just have the company logo at the top of each page and use a plain color, such as white, for the background.
Avoid Black Backgrounds
A prickly personal opinion.
Using a black background doesn't make you look evil, mysterious, or uniquely artistic and it doesn't prove that you are a dark, brooding loner. You might want to use a black background because you are going for the 'retro' look. That's not a horrible reason, but it still doesn't change the fact that black backgrounds are horrible. Just because some ancient monitors had light text on a dark background or some old game had a black background doesn't mean that you must have a black background behind your text. For example, Space Invaders didn't have page after page of text to read on that black background. You were shooting aliens, not reading Moby Dick. Why not have a black background with something like black text on white in the middle? Here's an example:
Imagine that. A retro black background with black text on white. What will they think of next?
For some reason, many people who have modern game related sites also think it's cool to have a black background (especially teens and people from the UK). I don't know why. Maybe it makes them feel all dark and naughty? Maybe they're subconsciously saying, "Look at me, Daddy! I'm Batman! I'm Batman!"
Text of any color on a black background is hard to read for people who have astigmatism, so reciting some old study that says dark green text on a black background is the best for everybody is silly. I and everyone I know must have astigmatism because I've tried every major color combination I could think of, and black text on a white background always wins (except for people who have their brightness or contrast turned up too high). A black background behind light text makes my eyes feel like they are being sucked out of their sockets and it can mess up my vision for several minutes. Trying to read text on a black background does not give my eyes more comfort, it hurts them. Here's a related quote:
"People with astigmatism (approximately 50% of the population) find it harder to read white text on black than black text on white. Part of this has to do with light levels: with a bright display (white background) the iris closes a bit more, decreasing the effect of the "deformed" lens; with a dark display (black background) the iris opens to receive more light and the deformation of the lens creates a much fuzzier focus at the eye."
Jason Harrison – Post Doctoral Fellow, Imager Lab Manager – Sensory Perception and Interaction Research Group, University of British Columbia
One good solution is to let visitors pick the text and background colors they want to use, but not all web sites are able to do that.
Some people appear to have a mental illness because they have a vitamin B deficiency. For example, the wife of a guy I used to chat with online had severe mood swings which seemed to be caused by food allergies or intolerances. She would became irrational, obnoxious, throw tantrums, and generally act like she had a mental illness. The horrid behavior stopped after she started taking a vitamin B complex. I’ve been taking #ad Jarrow B-Right for many years. It makes me much easier to live with.
Unfermented soy is bad! “When she stopped eating soy, the mental problems went away.” Fermented soy doesn’t bother me, but the various versions of unfermented soy (soy flour, soybean oil, and so on) that are used in all kinds of products these days causes a negative mental health reaction in me that a vitamin B complex can’t tame. The sinister encroachment of soy has made the careful reading of ingredients a necessity.
If you are overweight, have type II diabetes, or are worried about the condition of your heart, check out the videos by William Davis and Ivor Cummins. It seems that most people should avoid wheat, not just those who have a wheat allergy or celiac disease. Check out these books: #ad Undoctored, #ad Wheat Belly, and #ad Eat Rich, Live Long.
Negative ions are good for us. You might want to avoid positive ion generators and ozone generators. Whenever I need a new air cleaner (with negative ion generator), I buy it from surroundair.com. A plain old air cleaner is better than nothing, but one that produces negative ions makes the air in a room fresher and easier for me to breathe. It also helps to brighten my mood.
Never litter. Toss it in the trash or take it home. Do not throw it on the ground. Also remember that good people clean up after themselves at home, out in public, at a campsite and so on. Leave it better than you found it.
Seems like more people than ever finally care about water, land, and air pollution, but the climate change cash grab scam is designed to put more of your money into the bank accounts of greedy politicians. Those power-hungry schemers try to trick us with bad data and lies about overpopulation while pretending to be caring do-gooders. Trying to eliminate pollution is a good thing, but the carbon footprint of the average law-abiding human right now is actually making the planet greener instead of killing it.
Watch these two YouTube videos for more information:
Hydrofracking is bad for you, your family, your friends, and the environment.
Although some people with certain conditions may not be able to take it, hydroxychloroquine is a cheap drug that has been prescribed by doctors since the 1950s and it seems to be helping many people who have COVID-19 when administered early enough. (Hydroxychloroquine is also supposedly safe and tolerable as an anti-cancer therapy.) Seems like most news sources are going out of their way to make it sound like hydroxychloroquine is the most dangerous drug in the world, but they also make it sound like it’s the greatest drug in the world for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis patients. They basically say that using hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients would be taking that great and wonderful drug away from the other patients who need it. So which is it? Is hydroxychloroquine deadly or divine?
If you believe that a couple of Trump supporters took the medicine hydroxychloroquine and it’s President Trumps fault that the husband died, you’ve been duped. Watch this video. The wife was a prolific Democratic donor, it seems she hated her husband, she used fish tank cleaner (not the medicine hydroxychloroquine), and now she is the subject of a homicide investigation.
Some people claim that the reason so many news sources want to keep doctors from using hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 is that they are desperate to keep everyone afraid to leave their homes since mail-in voting will make voter fraud much easier (the only way they could beat Trump). Others claim that the rabid anti-hydroxychloroquine campaign was to make way for the expensive new drug called remdesivir. Drug companies can’t make much money with old generic drugs, so new drugs must be pushed. Both claims could be true since remdesivir supposedly isn’t as good as hydroxychloroquine.
According to Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, hydroxychloroquine does four things: (1) stops viral entry, (2) stops viral RNA replication, (3) stops viral particle assembly, and (4) stops cytokine storm. Remdesivir only stops viral RNA replication. Did you get that? Hydroxychloroquine does four things and remdesivir only does one. The doctor also said that nearly 70 percent of the people who took remdesivir had some type of adverse effect. If all of that is true and the more anemic medicine ends up being used by most doctors thanks to the smear campaign against hydroxychloroquine, the average American will beg to vote from home.
In case you didn’t know, Patrick Howley reported that one of the authors of the ‘study’ saying that hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work at VA hospitals got a research grant from Gilead (the company that makes remdesivir). Does that seem a little fishy to you?
Bryan Fischer said in an article that Dr. Fauci has known since 2005 that chloroquine is an effective inhibitor of coronaviruses. You might also want to check out the following three links:
“The Disruptive Physician” had this to say at Twitter: “Meanwhile, regular doctors like me are using HCQ + Azithromycin and Zinc to good effect. One nursing home in NE Ohio had 30 cases - started everyone on HCQ, no deaths. Quick recovery. Why would the MSM hide this? Why would twitter block people who question the WHO?” You might also want to check out Dr. Stephen Smith, Dr. Ramin Oskoui and Dr. Yvette Lozano.
In case you’re interested, here are a few COVID-19 patients who appear to claim that hydroxychloroquine saved their lives: elderly couple Louis Amen and Dolores Amen, Daniel Dae Kim, Rio Giardinieri, John McConnell, Margaret Novins, Jim Santilli, Billy Saracino, and Karen Whitsett (Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives).
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