RE: Readability - CD/web site

Subject: RE: Readability - CD/web site
From: "Laurel Hickey" <lhickey -at- 2morrow -dot- bc -dot- ca>
To: "'Katie Kearns'" <katie -dot- kearns -at- gmail -dot- com>, "'Nelson, Julie'" <JOHNST -at- acehardware -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 3 May 2006 15:03:08 -0700

For the intranet, you can have two style sheets -- one for viewing and one
for printing. Depending on how the pages are set up, you can NOT print
certain defined areas (like the graphics at the top) and the menu (need
their own unique ids) and you can specify background and text styles and
colours that are different than for the screen style sheet.

For example, the print css file could have this in it which restricts
printing of some areas, leaves the background plain and lets the page reflow
to the paper size:

body {
background-color: #ffffff;
font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
#maincontent {
font-size: 0.7em;
line-height: 1.5em;

#maincontentwide {
font-size: 0.7em;
line-height: 1.5em;

#sidebar, #introControls, .navbar, .navheading {display: none;}

While the regular css file could have this:
body {
background-image: url("../images_layout/xxx_pbg.jpg");
background-color: #B6A29B;
color: #333333;
font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
font-size: 101%;
margin: 24px 0;
min-width: 748px;
padding: 0;

#maincontentwide {
background-color: #F8F9F1;
float: left;
font-size: 0.8em;
line-height: 1.5em;
padding: 0 24px;
width: 670px; /*528*/
text-align: left;

For a more detailed explaination and how to tell the browser which css to
use for when, see

Laurel Hickey
2morrow writing & document design
lhickey -at- 2morrow -dot- bc -dot- ca

> Do you know of any readability studies available on the web that
> reference what background color/font color/font size & type is easiest
> to read on a CD or web site. Our long term goal is to include a good
> deal of this content on our intranet site, so it would be helpful if
> the CD & web site had a similar layout. I'm researching this on
> Google, but I thought I'd check here too. I'm guessing I could find
> something on Jakob Nielsen's site.

I'd say one of the reasons not to choose white on black is that is makes
printing the pages (if that's a concern) absolutely horriffic. Depending on
the browser and settings, you either end up with nothing, or (worst case)
you waste an awful lot of ink....


WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word features support for every major Help
format plus PDF, HTML and more. Flexible, precise, and efficient content
delivery. Try it today!.

Doc-To-Help includes a one-click RoboHelp project converter. It's that easy. Watch the demo at

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- infoinfocus -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to lisa -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Re: Readability - CD/web site: From: Katie Kearns

Previous by Author: RE: Dreamweaver question
Next by Author: RE: I'm wearing another hat... again.
Previous by Thread: Re: Readability - CD/web site
Next by Thread: RE: Readability - CD/web site

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads