Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Color Contrast Analyzer


Ever wished that you had an easy way to explain to designers that there was insufficient contrast between type and background colors? Now there is!

I just tried out the Colour Contrast Analyser from the National Information Library Service's Accessible Information Solutions in Australia (hence the Queen's spelling)—and I'm in love. This is a small, handy, easy-to-use program that instantly checks "foreground & background colour combinations to determine if they provide good colour visibility" based upon W3C standards. You can enter colors by hex number or (my favorite) extract them directly using a magnified view. There's no adware, malware or installation program; just unzip into the desired folder and run the 200kb exe.

Via Web Design References.

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