Re: Color and colorblindness

Subject: Re: Color and colorblindness
From: Janet Swisher <jmswisher -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 16:24:19 -0500

On Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 9:30 AM, Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net> wrote:
> Hi, all. Once more, with content!
> I've just done a search for "color blindness" and "online documentation" and come up with a terrific stc page (, if you're interested).  Clearly, I have a lot of reading to do.
> I thought it would also be interesting to see if any of you incorporate color blindness into your online documentation design (or print doc, for that matter).

I haven't had to deal with it in doc design, but until recently I
worked for a company that makes software for scientific data
visualization, so this issue was a big consideration in the software
design. We had several developers and clients with red/green color
blindness, and one client with blue/yellow colorblindness.

I found this article quite helpful:
Especially for the barrier-free color palette.

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