Maybe the better point to make is that light gray text (like this paragraph as an example) on the light grayish-blue background is indeed lower visual contrast and becomes difficult to read for visually impaired readers, as I would have to agree and as noted on some site-design references. I had noticed this issue on the front page of the forum even before seeing this post and it reminded me of my thoughts early on when looking at the site's design, etc.
OK - enough of the light gray text for now, this darker text, like this sentence on light backgrounds, becomes much easier to read when a higher contrast is provided, especially for extensive information. The same is true for white text on black or dark backgrounds (i.e., high-contrast text for either case)...
But something like this light yellow color on a light background would even be more troublesome for many readers/viewers
, as noted here by example (selecting the yellow text makes it easier to read because the contrast changes/improves).
Not to be critical, but as a sugestion, good site design often considers visual ergonomics to help facilitate rapid visual processing of things like the forums & topics list, forum info, who's online (simply meaning quickly processed and easy to read), new posts/topics info, and especially lengthy text posts where maximum contrast enhances readability, better visual acuity, and generally reduces eye strain for extended reading sessions.
Having said that, I also have to agree with admin that color coding is indeed great for rapid visual acuity and identification, pattern recognition when the colors and backgrounds render the information legible, and to actually improve visual bandwith and info identification and processing. But some "color" combinations can actually degrade the readability and usability, as light gray text on a light gray-bluish background appears to be the case, at least IMO...
Edited by cyberCrank, 23 September 2005 - 10:15 PM.