Operating systems and browsers have begun supporting what is called “dark mode.” Dark mode allows users to switch their preferences to allow for light text to be displayed on darkened backgrounds. According to cNet, the rise in dark mode use and adoption is particularly hot among users who work at night.

This need among users had prompted not only Apple and Microsoft to include dark mode in their operating systems; support has spread to Safari on Mac, Firefox, Chrome,  and Microsoft Edge and will soon be supported on Safari on iPhones and iPads.

A website that does not accommodate dark mode use will display in its normal color scheme regardless of user preference.

Unfortunately, there is a certain level of complexity to develop websites that support dark mode in a way that accommodates a variety of users.

According to Sime Vidas in a recent cNet article, improperly implemented dark-mode websites may not be accessible to users who need high-contrast designs.

Ultimately, it will take some effort to develop color systems that support both normal use and dark mode use. At this time, best practices are still being determined and developed and there is no definitive guide to dark mode web development.

Before making the investment in redevelopment, it will be prudent to monitor dark mode use and adoption.

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