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Technical Writers’ Companion

Colors are a powerful means of attracting attention.

However, like having too many objects in an image, having too many colors creates a lot of “visual noise.”

The more colors are used, the less is the impact of each.

Thus, use colors sparingly. In technical documentation, use color to communicate. Don’t use color to decorate.

Use the most striking colors for the most important things.

Color can be used:

to mimic reality

to draw attention to something (or to distract from something else)

to distinguish things from each other or to assign them to groups

(for aesthetics and beauty)

When possible, feel free to make colors beautiful, but never do it at the expense of clear communication.

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