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The prefers-contrast CSS media feature is used to detect if the user has requested that the web content is presented with a higher (or lower) contrast.


Indicates that the user has made no preference known to the system. This keyword value evaluates as false in the boolean context.
Indicates that user has notified the system that they prefer an interface that has a higher level of contrast.
Indicates that user has notified the system that they prefer an interface that has a lower level of contrast.

User preferences

Currently no user agent implements this feature, although various operating systems do support such preferences and if this media query is ever implemented user agents will likely rely on the settings provided by the operating system.


Note: No browser currently implements this feature so the following example will not work.

This example has an annoying low contrast by default.


<div class="contrast">low contrast box</div>


.contrast {
  color: grey; 

@media (prefers-contrast: high) {
  .contrast {
    color: black;



Specification Status Comment
Media Queries Level 5
The definition of 'prefers-contrast' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial definition.

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