Re: GNOME High Contrast Icon Theme


I have one last question about High Contrast.

Jakub Steiner and Lapo Calamandrei have suggested that icons from the Symbolic Icon theme be used in High Contrast (see Figures 8 and 9, HERE ). Symbolic icons are drawn in a simple, clear style, and are recolored by a theme engine so that they automatically match the text color on the graphical user interface. Because the text color already contrasts with the background color in the GUI, these icons are not outlined (note the contrasting outlines in Figures 10 and 11, HERE).

The question I have is this: is the contrasting color enough for the low-vision user, or do we need to maintain the outlines in the High Contrast theme?

Joseph, I hope it is not abusing your good will to ask if you could run this by your vision OT? Please let me know if this is an issue for you,and thanks so much for your previous response.

Meg Ford
Womens Outreach Intern, Summer 2011

On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 9:31 AM, meg ford <meg387 gmail com> wrote:
Thank you, Joseph!

On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 8:12 AM, Joseph Scheuhammer <clown alum mit edu> wrote:
Hi Meg,

You wrote:
Joseph// Scheuhammer has agreed to show these drafts to the Occupational Therapist who works on site with him.

Here is what she had to say:

The high contrast figures would work best for a low vision user. Figures 4 & 5 can be easily seen when the colour scheme of the display is altered (from inverted brightness, to yellow and black to black and white inverted). Figures 6 and 7 are not as clear when using various colour schemes. I do find figure 3 hard on the eyes, and when magnified at higher magnification, it’s hard to determine what the icon represents. Hope this helps.


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