A client calls with a problem on a website I helped him with. Seems the color of the background keeps changing. (What???) So I call up his site, Nope, looks right to me. Reload it several times, just in case it's a server issue of some kind-unlikely, but you never know. Flip through a bunch of different documents. Nope, all the same.
"How did you make the color change? What were you doing at the time?"
"Move your head from side to side-the color shifts."
"Are you using an LCD monitor?"
"I don't know."
"Push it lighlty with your fingertip-does it sorta change color right there?"
So I take a moment to explain that off-axis color shifts are common to most all flat-screen monitors. Other folks using other monitors will not experience the same thing.
"Oh. Is there some way you could fix that?"
"Nope, it's in the monitor."
"Is there a color that wouldn't happen to?"
Dale Austin, June 1, 2004
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