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Usability Guideline Usability.gov 14:1


Use background images sparingly and make sure they are simple, especially behind text.


Background images can make it difficult for users to read foreground text. A single, large, complex background image (including a picture) can substantially slow page download rates.

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Rule ID: UseGov14.1