I've had conflicting advice about whether to make slides light or dark. I think that I personally find dark text on white easier to see in almost all circumstances.

@daviding Genuine question: is it true that white on dark is easier to see for most people, in standard conditions? I assume that there have been studies on that, but I don't know them. I'm happy to make two versions of slides with different colour schemes. That's quite easy with my work flow.

@twsh Readablity in a classroom can depend on typeface, learning from chalk on blackboard ...

> White characters on a pitch black background radiate over the dark surface while black characters on a white background grow smaller
at larger distances, because the white background seems to overrun the black characters. [....] Conventional chalk remains legible while characters on dry eraser (white) boards decrease in readability with growing distances.

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