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You Look Like I Need a Drink

**Not Quite Web 2.0**

Graying out (not 'gaying out') GrayBit v0.5

Monday, March 20, 2006

GrayBit launched earlier this month offering the ability to transform (some) sites to grayscale. I had to give it a try to my own site and then got curious and decided to see the effect on other sites. Below is a screenshot of my pals over at dreamlogic.net.

Interesting. Well I thought next it would be amusing to see if GrayBit could render its own page gray.

Slightly amused I began to ponder deep thoughts on why anyone would use this service on a regular basis. GrayBit claims:
'Relying on colors to determine page visibility and contrast can be misleading. Converting the colors to their grayscale equivalents is a more reliable method. By removing color’s influence, you’ll better find true visual contrast… GrayBit makes it possible.'

I personally think it is a crock of shit. Here are two reasons I came up with on why anyone would use this service regularly.

*The user is already fully colorblind and wants poorly rendered pages that does not work with JavaScript
*The user is so fucking goth that all they see anyway is shades of gray.

So much for me being polite.


posted by aL, 10:07 PM


Oh well, you tried. Guess you have to be into accessibility to find the value.
commented by Anonymous Mike, 4:55 PM  
I'd have to disagree with you there aL. I've come across several "teenie" blogs that have horrible contrast, light yellow text on a slightly less yellow background, and rendering the page in black and white allows you to see how much different those shades really are.
commented by Anonymous Nik, 10:37 PM  
I honestly didn't think the graybit service was that bad, but I was slightly underwhelmed and in a horrible mood. Guess that is not a legitimate excuse but hopefully they can figure out a way to smooth out some of the shortcomings. So exactly what 'kind' of teenie blogs are you viewing? just kidding...
commented by Anonymous aL, 11:57 PM  

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