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At some point during the day, quoted background, in I assume CSS, has been switched from yellow to white.

This is harder to find within an existing text, since the background color is the same for the whole text.

For some, white is harder on the eyes anyway together with the thin letters.

I don't think it is an improvement, since a major goal of a quote is to distinguish it clearly from the rest of the text.

So it would be nice if quotes would be reverted back to the original yellow.


Update based on some comments:

I don't really understand the argument about black on white being harder on the eyes.

For me it is like the sun light is being reflected off a sign - you have to squint to read it and thus a strain on the eyes.

A yellow background absorbs this glare, bringing a better contrast and is therefore easier to read

  • that is why in central Europe many traffic signs use a yellow / black combination for better readability under all light conditions.

For this reason also, I use note paper with a yellow background with black ink.

But I don't get the argument that it is harder on the eyes. I understand that it is harder than when it was black on yellow.

Black on yellow doesn't seem to be the problem, more the gold bar on yellow. A black bar on yellow would resolve that.

But in that case, why just complain about blockquotes? Why not complain about non-blockquote stuff that is black on white throughout StackExchange.

Where I have the choice, I do set the background to a (for me) more readable yellow background with black letters

  • notice the combination of light grey/yellow inside the table
    • which is not supported with the stackexchange Markdown

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    See here for details of this change: Some improvements to blockquotes – nekketsuuu Mar 10 at 0:00
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    I am a young adult with 20/20 vision, and I find it hard on the eyes too. I completely agree with this and would very much love the previous choice of the color to be reverted. – Nimesh Neema Mar 10 at 3:11
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    I don't really understand the argument about black on white being harder on the eyes. That's how all content is including blockquotes and most of the q and a on the network should (hopefully) be original content instead of mostly blockquotes. I would understand your argument if you were talking about a dark theme or even just making the background darker. But singling out blockquotes doesn't make sense. – Kodos Johnson Mar 10 at 3:24
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    Blockquotes have not been black on white for years, this is exactly the problem under discussion. The entire point is that now it's very difficult to visually isolate blockquotes from regular content, even for those with good eyesight (I'm one of them). This doesn't help people who need the greater separation and it doesn't help anybody who didn't. – Nij Mar 10 at 4:00
  • @KodosJohnson i.stack.imgur.com/5ySJb.png is how the quotes were (the image is from the post announcing this change) – muru Mar 10 at 6:03
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    @muru I know that it was different before. And FWIW, I am against the change as well. But I don't get the argument that it is harder on the eyes. I understand that it is harder than when it was black on yellow. But in that case, why just complain about blockquotes? Why not complain about non-blockquote stuff that is black on white throughout StackExchange. – Kodos Johnson Mar 10 at 6:16
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    I think the yellow to white change is an improvement on web design. – Aryan Beezadhur Mar 10 at 11:49
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    @AryanBeezadhur Giving some reasons why you thing so would be nice, so one could compare them to the different reason's given for retaining the previous yellow value. – Mark Johnson Mar 10 at 11:56
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    @MarkJohnson I think that yellow does not fit in with SE’s web design, which is mostly black, white and blue. Actually I have changed my mind partly, white and grey is less visible, but going back to yellow is not a solution. We should change the color to Blue! – Aryan Beezadhur Mar 10 at 12:43
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    @AryanBeezadhur Blue (#0000ff) is a dark colour ; Yellow (#ffff00) is a light colour ; white (#ffffff) is a bright colour ; Dark letters should not be combined with dark or bright backgrounds for readability (contrast) purposes. When needed a light colour should be dimmed, such as pale yellow (#fdf6e3). This should be rule # 1 when designing something that will mainly be read. That it looks 'cool' should be rule # 314159265359. – Mark Johnson Mar 10 at 13:09
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    @sth For RPG.SE a significant portion of the text is in block quotes because rules text needs to be cited to back-up the point an answerer is making – illustro Mar 10 at 18:53
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    @sth Foe history.se also uses a lot of quotes for obvious reasons. – Mark Johnson Mar 10 at 20:21
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    Keeping up with the Joneses on Web Design is not what SE exists to do. Formatting exists to increase readability and discernibility, not to add whitespace or make rounded corners. There is no improvement to make on the color scheme of white, black, and blue, with a nearly complementary yellow. There is no reason other than an arbitrary one, to change something that worked for 11 years. – Mazura Mar 12 at 1:18
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    @AryanBeezadhur, you state, "I think that yellow does not fit in with SE’s web design". Yet, the same yellow is prominently displayed on every page on every SE site in the upper right section showing The Overflow Blog, Hot Posts, etc. This is clearly already part of SE's web design, and has been for a long time. If this yellow were so anathema, why has this been used so prominently for so long? This looks very much like "young developer seeks to make his mark", and also "solution in search of a problem". Add in a dash of "arrogance" and "ignoring userbase". Mazura nails it. – Eiríkr Útlendi Mar 17 at 18:02
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    Please bring back the yellow block-quote... at least don't use the current white one. – Rickross Mar 20 at 13:24

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