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Solved: Faded text.

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  1. brianml

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    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
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    I have noticed that some web sites have so little contrast in their text that it is practically unreadable. Why is this so or is it my computer?
    Brian.
     
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  3. cwwozniak

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    Can you give the addresses for a few web sites that are giving you the problem?
    What web browser are you using?
     
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    Imminent Messenger coolermaster.com communitydigital.com.au

    Homedics.com.au

    These are a few that have some or all text that is faded.

    Firefox is my browser.

    Brian.
     
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    They are OK for me. Firefox 27 Windows 7
     
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    Thanks Dave, I will have to look in my computer for an answer. maybe the monitor.
    I will report my findings.
    Thanks again.
    Brian.
     
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    Hi Dave, I had a play with the colour management of the monitor and made some minor adjustments. These had no effect on the text of the problem web sites. I am at a loss as what to do next. I will borrow another LED monitor to see if that makes any difference.

    Brian
     
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    Have you tried updating your graphics drivers to match your card and be up to date.
     
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    I am using Firefox 27.0 and the drop down menus for the Homedics.com.au site do have very faint text on a white background. They look slightly better in IE. The coolermaster.com and communitydigital.com.au sites also have sections of faint text but a bit more legible than the Homedics site.

    When you experimented with the monitor's color management settings did you check the brightness and contrast settings? If one or both are too high, it may be washing out any grays that are close to 100% white.
     
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    If you are using a laptop there may be brightness/contrast settings functions from the keyboard.
     
  11. brianml

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    Hi Dave & Chuck. Thanks for your replies.
    1. Dave. I am on a PC. I have not yet updated the graphics driver.
    2. Chuck. I did check the B & C sliders. I would be interested to know if you are are going to see why your results are similar to mine. I bow to your seniority. Let's face it, 44K + posts to 114 are not to be sneezed at.
    3. I found that by changing the page style in "view" to "No Style" that there was no problem. No Style is more work as there is a lot of down scrolling to get the info you're after. As the sites that have faded text are few, I will only go to No Style when the text is unreadable. I will mark this post as Solved. Thanks men.
    Brian
     
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    Hi Brian,

    I double checked my monitor settings and the brightness and contrast were right. I enabled the use of ClearType in my Windows 7 settings and then went through the ClearType setup. It did improve the readability of many pages, including the Homemedics page. The text was still gray but somehow appeared a bit darker. I used Firefox Web developer add on to try to analyze the Cascading Style Sheets used on the page. As far as I can tell, the web designer used white (Hex code FFFFFF) for the background of the menus and a medium gray (Hex code 999999) for the text when the mouse is not over it. Your disabling the use of style sheets probably kept the white background and made the text a much more legible black (Hex code 000000).

    I have to admit a lot of those posts are in the thread games forum. FWiW, I did spend about 17 years working as a design and applications engineer at a company that designed and built signal generators and related equipment for testing computer and medical video displays.
     
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    Post counts are not necessarily reliable. Mine got reset for some unknown reason, as did my join date.
     
  14. brianml

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    Hi Chuck, thanks for your latest. You lost me at "Cascading Style Sheets". I tend not to go into addons & extensions as I feel that they might carry nasties with them. Those Hex codes meant nothing to me, but I am sure the the the knowledge of them are important in a lot of situations. They seemed to have fixed the problem on your computer, but I will leave mine to my fix.
    So 43K posts are in thread games forums, means that I still have some catching up to do. At 85 it hardly seems worthwhile, but I'll try.

    Dave, as in life, you can't win em all. My old Dad used to say, " just grin and bear it".

    All the best to you both.

    Brian
     
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