to what extent is white text on medium-to-light grey background objectively bad practice?

I made the mistake of openly criticizing a webpage because I was asked to have an opinion. I ruled negatively. To what extent is the designer culpable for my unfavorable critique?

Legibility judged objectively?

Intrinsic and external factors like monitors and eyes play a role here.

Small, 8 to 10px, white sans text, on a solid shade of gray, that is somewhere between 10-35% still caused me to drop a “star”… probably because the lcd screen helped. Screen viewing angle, pixel density, maybe even screen reflection might have influenced me. Yet am I to blame or is this supposed to be avoided ?

Given that I have slight astigmatism, I shouldn’t appreciate tiny fonts that are too thin or light at all. But I actually use this very setup right now for my desktop environment, with supbixel rendering enabled being a necessity to render the font properly, it’s so thin. I’m not blind.

Is it tenable that one shouldn’t be needing to weigh such external factors, if one sticks to good practices, like higher contrast between text and background ?

There was also no real necessity on picking such a light grey. Which in end effect gave me the impression of carelessness – while the author might have tried to keep things warm and cozy with his choice of colors.

Relevance issues

The thing is, the user isn’t reading a poem with this setup. I’m talking about menu items that are only going to be actually read until the user learns instinctively click on the 3rd word in the row.

I personally believe legibility is important. But good practices aren’t rules and I can’t penalize the author because he trespassed against Article X. Is this still somehow objectively a faux-pas from an UX perspective or is it rather that I was prone to simply subjectively “finding fault”, frustrated that I couldn’t read a few words on a glance ? To what extent is white text on light grey background objectively bad practice?

Bonus question along the same lines:

This menu was also unnecessarily hiding from view, until being called upon through a click. This superfluousness made me drop another star, as it gets in the way of efficient interaction. Except, it’s only one extra click. Sneaking in dynamics for the sake of having dynamics can be done without it getting in the way though.

Same question. Did I hold a valid grudge ? Should the author get it or rather get offended ?

Docker: Showing double prompt on power shell and grey text: can’t exit

I am trying to learn docker. I opened a power shell and typed some commands from a tutorial and then I right clicked the mouse. The power shell showed me scrolling of the command window and now its showing me double angle brackets and whatever I am typing its visible in grey.[![power shell][1]][1]

I typed: “>>” quit “>>” exit

But no effect. I can’t come out of that window. Some body please guide me.Sorry I don’t know exact forum for it. Please guide me.


Remove grey background and turn it transparent

ImageMagick does not replace ‘#c0c0c0’ with a transparent background

I have tried magick convert img.png -fuzz 50% -transparent '#c0c0c0' 0.png
and a convert option without “magick” running version windows 10 x64 v7.0.8-14Q16 .
A problem for later: using a bash script to convert 200 of these and it seems imagemagick also doesn’t overwrite if output name is the same

here is the image:

No change…

What does the grey circle mean (lost my phone)?

Find your phone page

I lost my Samsung Galaxy J5 today. I googled “lost my phone” and this map showed up. By the time I did, it said that my phone had been last tracket 1 hour ago. I haven’t been nowhere near the location at the center of the circle where the phone icon is. But I’ve definetly been in the town below, the one also in the circle.

The thing is, the center location is a greenhouse in the middle of nowhere. I’d find it hard to believe that is a coincidence, but then again I don’t know the accuracy of this. I went there and met the owner, he seemed nice and the kind of fellow that wouldn’t even know how to turn it off. If the grey circle means that the phone is somewhere in there, then I guess there’s no hope. Also, my phone was blocked, so if there’s no further update in the location that means the battery was removed, right? If this turns out to be very accurate, then I would have to further prosecute the greenhouse owner since everythig would lead to the conclusion that he stole it. But I don’t want to mess it up.

My WD drive is not showing in finder but I can see it in disk utility with a grey color

I can’t see my external Hard Drive in finder but i can see my hard drive in disk utility but in a grey almost transparent color. When I try to run a “first aid” this is what i get as an error: Running First Aid on “BENJA’S HD” (disk2s2)

Repairing file system. Volume is already unmounted. Performing fsck_exfat -y -x /dev/rdisk2s2 Checking volume. Checking main boot region. The volume could not be verified completely. File system check exit code is 1. Restoring the original state found as unmounted. File system verify or repair failed. Operation failed…

Any idea what I can do? thanks!

What’s the closest RAW build possible to the Grey Mouser in 5e? [on hold]

I am of course referring to the legendary figure of Fritz Lieber’s Lankhmar series (one of the things Gary Gygax said was his inspiration to invent D&D).

I am assuming this character is so off-the-hook awesome that I cannot see any way to make him using strictly RAW, but what’s the closest we can get?

Some things to keep in mind:

  • His acrobatics, stealth and persuasion are incredible (especially acrobatics)
  • His swordsmanship is fantastic, in a finesse-sort-of-way (rapier?), and when combined with a successful acrobatic move he can hit almost anything
  • He is devastating with a sling, e.g. can knock someone out or do great damage (a thing which seems outside the RAW in 5e)
  • He has a custom-made bodysuit that enhances stealth, and he is very hard to hit in melee (almost un-hittable!) despite that he has no armor or shield beyond this
  • He has some low-level arcane spellcasting abilities
  • While he is not immune to being charmed, he is fairly resistant to it

There may be other features I am overlooking from Lieber’s material, but those are the high points. What’s the closest you could come in RAW?