Color vs B&W
jg at laptop.org
Sat May 19 12:41:13 EDT 2007
Note there are recommendations on this topic in the Sugar HIG (Human
On Sat, 2007-05-19 at 12:37 -0400, Kent Quirk wrote:
> Some of the resources you might look into are related to designing for
> colorblind users. I believe the stats are that 10% of men and 2% of
> women have some level of colorblindness.
> The key thing is to make sure that you differentiate colors by
> saturation and value, not just hue.
> I tell designers to print out their images on a black and white laser
> printer -- if it still looks good and you can read everything, you have
> a reasonably safe design for a colorblind user. The nice thing about the
> XO is that there's a button to see it in context without having to go to
> Hal Murray wrote:
> > If we are serious about taking advantage of the black/white mode of the
> > display, there is a lot of work to be done. Turning off the backlights does
> > save a lot of power.
> > As an example, I challenge anybody to play Block Party in B&W mode. :)
> > Sorry for the clutter if this is already on the radar. Is there a checklist
> > for things like this?
> > Now that I think about if a bit....
> > When was the last time you saw a B/W display? I think it was pre-web for me,
> > maybe 15 years ago. Are there any good web pages on designing UIs for B/W
> > displays? Maybe some hints on designing for color-blind people might be
> > helpful.
> > Is there a simple high-level API so a program can tell if it's running on B/W
> > or color? I'm guessing a few applications might be willing to have two modes.
> > This feels like a giant can of worms. I'm embarrassed that I didn't notice
> > it when I first saw something about the dual mode display technology.
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