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Page background colors

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Friday January 26, 2007 )

While on the topic of screen and display issues – do you specify background colors on your web pages; even if the background is just white? it’s a good idea to and here’s why.

Some Windows users don’t run the standard Windows color set; they customize their theme for a variety of reasons. For example, I run a marine color scheme as it’s easier on my eyes.

If you don’t specify background colors on your web pages, here’s how your web page would look on my screen:

Screenshot of a page with no background color set

As you can see, my marine scheme color replaces the background. On more complex pages, failing to set a background can cause all sorts of icky display effects. If you set the set the background color of your page to white, then it will display as white on my system – as with any other color you select.

If I was the only one running a custom color scheme; I wouldn’t be bothering to post this, and honestly it doesn’t really matter to me as I’m used to it; but I’m certainly not the only one who run a scheme other than Windows default.

As to exactly how many people do, I couldn’t hazard a guess, but if it’s important to you that your page displays as intended to everyone who visits your site; it’s an easy fix and one well worth making.


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