IMHO, that's definitely a move back in the right direction. The pages in general have slightly better contrast, and the link/heading words are more visible than after the first change, but I'd agree with shinkan that the green could stand to be a bit darker yet. I wish I had a screen capture of the original.
I always thought the greens on the forum pages were perfect. The tutorial colors, as I checked in paint.NET are:
Tutorial Header 43/109/118
Section links 43/131/190
Section Headers and Emphasis 51/51/51 (blueish black))
Background 255/255/255 (pure white)
Text Seriously mixed, but darker
New Header and Emphasis 6/195/171
New Background 246/246/244 (and thereabouts, as an off-white mix)
Text Seriously mixed, but lighter
I believe I can respectfully describe the nature of my disapproval, and it has to do with
font size, and
I'm showing the two formats side-by-side below for comparison.
The original format on the right has a pure white background, which generates a high contrast on its own. The primary text color averages out to a dark grey, legible and distinct. The Headers and Emphasis are almost black, and stand out in bold. The font size is relatively large, with generous line spacing, making it very easy to read. It's comfortable on the eyes, and highly distinct.
Take a look at the new format on the left. The background is now an off-white, reducing contrast, and is then paired with a lighter grey primary text, further reducing contrast. The Header/Emphasis Text/Links are a light, pastel-leaning green-blue which plays on the eye as lighter, not darker, than the basic text. The line spacing has been reduced, making each line less distinct, and the font size is smaller, also making it harder to read.
All this has the effect of making the new format washed-out, harder on the eyes, more difficult to read, and less eye-catching.
Feel free to throw out everything I've said: I just think if I'm going to express a critical opinion, I owe it to you to explain it as clearly and helpfully as possible. =)
I would be very much in favor of continuing to use the old color scheme.RandomExile2012-10-06 05:55:31