Hello everyone! This morning I have devil eyes (all the white in my eye is bruised and red) following some laser eye surgery. My eyes are healing well and I'm back at work on my computer.
The trouble is that I'm swearing blindly at a few programmes today and the reason is that I've turned on High Contrast mode in XP / Vista.
There are some programmes that are just brilliant. For example Firefox detects the contrast mode change and removes stylesheets in webpages to make everything white on blank and incredibly clear. Firefoxes zoom mode is unbelievably good. The trouble is there are other programmes, like our ticketing system Remedy that are hopeless.
Some designers seem to like giving text boxes background colours so they can perfectly design their windows. Trouble is you colour a textbox as white and have black text on it. Turn on High Contrast mode and the background turns black and the text turns white, however if you have a picture then that remains. Ergo you have white text on a white background.
So as software designers do you even think of these things? I certainly meet people at university that say 'I don't need to test for accessbility as my target audience doesn't have these problems' but even though I'll probably only have this for a week this is really irritating.
I've even annoyed myself by programming a page in PHP that tells me if the files I'm adding to a database actually exist. Red is broken, green is working and at the moment it's just all black. Own goal for me.
(If you want to see high contrast mode then press Left Alt + Left Shift + Print Screen)