Nice post AND tool!
Used it for some projects lately.
On my blog I made a post about Contrast Checks, including a link to your tool. Hope you don't mind ;-)
dude, the link to the downloadable color contrast analyser doesn't work, found a working link:
That's really a useful tool.
But there are possibly lots of other tools for picking colors for the design of a webpage. Does anybody know if there is a list of colorpicker tools around the net somewhere? Or which tool do you normally use when design a new site or is it just looking around the net and copy color combinations of other sites?
@Michael: the tool isn't really meant to pick colours but rather to ensure that the colours you have picked have enough contrast. For choosing colours, I use Kuler.
Search brought me to this great tool but it would have been better to have a bigger output area.
But Very Good tol and work.
Thank you very much for your tool.
It helps to design, or better said, check the design and accessibility a lot!
In fact it's a a neat little helper. I revied the tool at SU:
This is not only a useful tool for accessible web developers, but also for SEOs. If the text is easier to read more people will read it.
I've been using the Universal Access control panel on my mac book pro to check color contrast visually (by viewing in grey scale). But it is nice to have a tool for that.
Your tool inspired an idea... wouldn't a code-sense-like tool to check color contrast be useful? I don't use IDEs but anything to help Dreamweavers et al NOT snub the ADA would be useful.
OR... a firefox extension... I think scripting the comparison of the top textural elements on a page with their respective background-colors shouldn't be TOO difficult...
Let me know if the idea interests you. Thanks again.
Excellent tool, thanks a lot.
I have used it on a lot of my recent projects!
Sometime developers underestimate the importance of contrast between colors, to me it has always been a fundamental accessibility know how. If people can't read you text, what is your site good for?
This is a great tool for checking colour combinations to determine if they provide good colour visibility. Definitely one of my favourites I have found so far. Thanks, Lening.
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