Google testing black navigation bar

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Google have been busy rolling out a few navigational tests over the last few days with a few variants of the top navigation bar.  A few days ago I was seeing a greyed out navigation bar, now I’m consistently seeing the top navigation bar in black.

To my amazement I’m puzzled by Google’s decision to use a design with such little contrast between the elements. It doesn’t pass the W3C’s contrast ratio specifications failing the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. In fact,  not only do Google actively promote an accessible web, Google’s own Loretta Guarino Reid serves as the Co-Chair for the WCAG Working Group and is one of the editors of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

If you’re looking to test the contrast and colour differences on your site, I  recommend Jonathan Snook’s contrast checker tool.

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  • Alex Asigno

    Only time will tell I suppose. Maybe I’m just too pessimistic, but I can’t think of any Google social product that worked. Buzz, orkut, wave, jaiku and answers have all failed. Perhaps though, they’ve learned a lot from this and will make a kick-ass product. I shouldn’t really be commenting considering I haven’t even used it 😉

  • James Norquay

    I don’t feel that way Google has been working on this for a long time, +1 is only one function of it we will be seeing a lot more.

  • Alex Asigno

    I didn’t manage to get an invite… I feel this will be another orkut though, there a little late to the party.

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  • James Norquay

    New black bar is in line with the roll out of the new Social Network by Google+.