White text on black page articles

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barbaradarby
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Am I the only reader who has difficulty reading white print on black pages especially when times new roman font is used?
Arial is a bit easier.I have good eyesight but find this so difficult that I just skip the articles.I asked a friend, who happens to be colourblind and he has the same problem ,he said ' If they do it in red and black I cant see it at all!!
Pages 36 & 37 of CU&DVD are a good example of the difference in the text,arial type is much easierto read
I have written by letter on this subject,but please do ask around and get a general opinion,it cant only be me,can it?
barbara

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harlequin
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I understand the red and black problem , same problem a photocopier has , they are just too similar. Was used as copy protection on game software years ago.

I always print out black ink on yellow paper , far easier to read , the problem is we all have preferences for colours / fonts , that others may not find easy to read.

Gary MacKenzie

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Chris Lovell
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Barbara

You are not alone - I've just finished reading 'Non-Linear Editing' by Bryce Button, and there's a good section on the pro's and cons of various colour and font combinations.

Black Text on white is best (followed by Dark Green on white, Purple on white and Brown on white)

White Text on black is second worst! (followed only by black on purple!)

San-serif fonts (eg arial) are generally easier to read than serif fonts (eg Times Roman)

A very useful thing to consider when creating CG, titles, etc.

Chris Lovell

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bcrabtree
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Barbara,

We don't use much WOB - white-on-black - in CV, and usually then it's only for box-outs, and in an non-serif font that is reasonably easy to read.

Bob C

barbaradarby
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sorry Bob ,
I got the wrong mag.Could you somehow get a message to Camcorder UserDVD.
In July there was a super article on lanscapes,it took three days to read it and the October one had a 7 page article on black or brown background.I've given up with that one.
Love the CV ,keep up the articles on DVD I WILL understand it in the end.I certainly want to go down that road to preserve my work
but I need to understand it fully first.
Thanks Barbara

barbara

bcrabtree
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Barbara,

Thanks for putting the record staight.

However, Cam User's contact details are in the mag and on its web site, I feel sure, so I'd prefer it if you contacted the mag directly.

Bob C

quote:Originally posted by barbaradarby:
sorry Bob ,
I got the wrong mag.Could you somehow get a message to Camcorder UserDVD.
In July there was a super article on lanscapes,it took three days to read it and the October one had a 7 page article on black or brown background.I've given up with that one.
Love the CV ,keep up the articles on DVD I WILL understand it in the end.I certainly want to go down that road to preserve my work
but I need to understand it fully first.
Thanks Barbara