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The affect of type and colour on readability in print and screen based environments
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, University of Waikato, New Zealand

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Is black on white the solution for everyone? Text and background colour can have a strong effect on the legibility of type. This research looked at text and background colours to discover which combinations are the most legible in both print and screen-based environments. The experiment conducted tested people’s reading speeds with different combinations of text and background colour over the two media. Sixty-eight participants read a series of passages consisting of different combinations of text and background colour. Subjective data was also collected to gain information on whether the passages people read fastest were perceived to be the easiest to read. Black text on a white background was found to be read the fastest in print and blue text on a white background was found to be read the fastest on screen. Blue text on a white background was overall the easiest to read across the two media.

Citation

Timpany, C. (2009). The affect of type and colour on readability in print and screen based environments. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 797-806). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 25, 2019 from .

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