Re: Opinions requested regarding new web utility

Subject: Re: Opinions requested regarding new web utility
From: Chuck Martin <cm -at- writeforyou -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 10:28:35 -0800

cchris -at- toptechwriter -dot- us wrote:

I'm finishing a set of web-safe color wheels on my website that will be a
freely available resource for web designers. I'm halfway done with them
and expect to be finished in a week or so. However, since I'm using a
brute-force, labor-intensive method for displaying the color combinations
(124 colors done, 88 more to go!), I was hoping to get opinions from you
writers as to whether the wheels are easy to understand--and to catch any
mistakes while I can still fix them fairly easily. Also, I know several of
the writers on this list have web sites, so I'd like to know if they think
these wheels will be useful. The wheels are at

Other's have mentioned the failing need i the 21st century of a "color safe" palette for design.

I found no clue (at first glance) that clicking on a color would open a whole new honkin' full-size browser window. If you're going to do that, tell users in advance. Or let then do it by a right click.

And then there are the huge swatches of color on the resulting page, surrounded by seas of white space. (Then again, this may be because I'm using a 20" LCD monitor.) Stil, I think the information on the results apge could be laid out mroe efficiently.

Better yet, design the wheel page to include a pane, perhaps with JavaScript or DHTML, that shows that information _on_thet_page_ , never taking users away from the wheel itself.

The definition are probably better as pop-ups, rather than in whole new browser windows too.

Oh, and one of your "misfot" colors, #6600CC, goes quite well with yellow or gold.

Chuck Martin
User Assistance & Experience Engineer
twriter "at" sonic "dot" net

"I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me.
The day may come when the courage of Men fail, when we forsake our
friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day!
This day, we fight!"
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