It would be helpful to have the full context of use of these icons.
Completely different icons (e.g. Fig. 1-3) may be more
distinguishable. BUT... then you loose the notion that this thing
is the same thing but in different states (e.g. Fig. 4-7).
I suspect the second approach is better, including the use of color
- which will benefit many users. I suggest however you consider a
Figure 6' and a Figure 7', which use the size & white space of
Figure 5. That is to say, have white space cut out around the
circle with the star in it, to better set it apart from the clock
perimeter and the center of the clock hands.
However... I am NOT a vision OT, so my thoughts should be taken with
that lack of domain expertise in mind...
On 7/5/2011 8:13 AM, meg ford wrote:
I am writing to ask for feedback on the GNOME High Contrast (A11y)
Icon Theme. I am a Women's Outreach Intern this summer, and I am
working to complete the theme for users with low vision. The main
question I have is this:
Many of the icons in the standard theme use a large picture (such
as a clock for "appointment") in conjunction with a smaller detail
to indicate status or action (such as an emblem which indicates
"new"). When these are combined in High Contrast, the icon is
I am wondering if users would prefer to have the main icon change
(see Figures 1 through 3, HERE).
I have given two drafts of a new icon (Figures 2 and 3) for
"emblem-urgent" (figure 1), which was originally a red clock.
The other approach might be to use an
accessibility color wheel to identify which colors provide
good contrast for viewers, and to use color to increase the
clarity of the icon details (see Figures 4 through 7,
HERE ). Icons 4 and 5 are examples of icons which follow
the current rules which are used in High Contrast, whereas I have
added color to icons 6 and 7, with the hope that the color will
increase the visibility of the details.
Joseph Scheuhammer has agreed to show these drafts to the
Occupational Therapist who works on site with him. I am also
hoping that other low vision users and/ or developers in the
GNOME community will be willing to give feedback about what type
of solution would be best.
If anyone has difficulty viewing the PDF that I have given links
to, please let me know, and I will send the file.
Thank you very much for your time and attention.
OPW Intern, Summer 2011
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