Blogs entails countless hours of reading on the screen. Colour schemes not enhanced for readability makes that task more difficult, more tiresome.
Why are Poorly Contrasted Colour Schemes an Accessibility Sin?
According to the University of Washington’s Department of Ophthalmology, 2.8 million Americans have colour blindness, which can express itself in many variations and degrees of severity. Colour perception problems are important considerations when choosing colour schemes for your blog to ensure your readers – particularly individuals who are colour blind or have low vision, as well as those of us with aging eyes – can read the content and participate in your blog community.
How to Absolve this Sin?
Enhance readability by ensuring sufficient contrast between text and background colours. To test the contrast between colours, use the Colour Contrast Analyzer, my favourite accessibility testing tool.
Be sure to test the colour contrast of various elements that require reading on your blog; for example:
- the navigation bar,
- the post title,
- the post credits,
- the post content,
- the comments section,
- the footer,
- the sidebar,
Change the colour, as needed, in your blog theme to ensure sufficient colour contrast to enhance your blog’s readability.
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For more tips and tricks when using colour on your blog, check out the Blog Accessibility Mastermind.