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Colors with Good Contrast

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What is “Colors with Good Contrast”?

Colors must have sufficient contrast between text color and its background (technically called luminosity contrast ratio). This includes text on images, icons, and buttons. Also colors used to convey information on diagrams, maps, and other types of images must be distinguishable.

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What needs to happen for this to work?

Select text and background colors that provide sufficient contrast. There are tools to help check and select appropriate color combinations. This is ideally done during the early design stage and the selection of color palettes. While some people need high contrast, some people are sensitive to brightness and need to change the colors.

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Colors with Good Contrast
There's something about great design that allows it to go practically unnoticed. Signs with directions are shown. A woman is walking happily down the street.
But it doesn't take much to make things confusing and frustrating. The signs change to have poor contrast. The woman now looks confused.
Choosing colors with poor contrast makes navigating, reading and interacting a real pain She looks at a navigation app on her phone.
Good design means sufficient contrast between foreground background and colors. That's not just text and images but links, icons, and buttons. The app has a button with low contrast that changes to become clear.
If it's important enough to be seen, then it needs to be clear.
And this is essential for people with low contrast sensitivity.
Which becomes more common as we age.
An older man on a sofa is looking at a tablet. He goes to read a message on his mobile phone.
With good colors, websites and applications can be easier to use in more situations can be easier to use in more situations. Like in different lighting conditions. Sun glares on the phone but the text is still readable.
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