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Discussion on: On temptation of Dark Mode

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Austin S. Hemmelgarn

I use Dark Mode for everything in daytime, and rarely work at night (where I STILL use Dark Mode).

It's an accessibility thing. Dark mode reduces my eye strain (as a traumatic brain injury survivor, that's important for extended computer use), and also makes things easier to read (as someone with dyslexia.)

Same here, albeit for different reasons. I'm one of those unlucky sods who just has a bunch of congenital ocular issues, and between my astigmatism, nystagmus, and mild photo-sensitivity, it's just easier for me to read light text on a dark background.

Many dyslexic users prefer Dark Modes that are white-on-blue or white-on-gray. White-on-black actually is just as much a dyslexia trigger for most as black-on-white is. Total contrast is our enemy.

It's not just dyslexia. Total contrast (either black on white, or white on black) is also slightly more problematic for people with bad cases of astigmatism than just short of perfect contrast, and there are a handful of studies that seem to indicate that perfect contrast is more of a contributing factor to eye strain than whether it's light on dark or dark on light

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