There's this trendy look -- light text on a dark background. One of my clients has a site of thousands of pages that uses it.
Only thing is, I've noticed that on LCD screens -- especially some of the new high end, really flat ones -- the text is illegible! This isn't true on all LCD's -- many consumer level notebooks look fine.
Has anyone else noticed this? Any insights into reasons for the problem, and how common it is?
Here's my current guess: The problem originates in the way font smoothing is accomplished. The light fonts on these LCD screens get invaded by "jaggies" from the background and that deforms the letters.
It's as though some part of the firmware's code assumes that dark is always the letterform and light is always the background and it does the smothing in an inverted way. I can sometimes gets a similar effect in PhotoShop if I invert graphic text.
The frustrating part is that this problem appears on the cutting edge hardware.