Re: Online help and topic color choices

Subject: Re: Online help and topic color choices
From: jarnopol <jarnopol -at- INTERACCESS -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1999 09:57:07 -0500

Debbie Pesach had questions about online background and text colours.

"The Windows Interface Guildelines for Software Design " ( MS PRESS 1995) does
NOT state a standard for background and/or banner colours for online help. In
fact, some of the examples show blue banner/white text - white background
black text combination while others use the yello background/black text.
The only place I've ever seen yellow banner/background black text "suggested"
as a standard was in early version of Robohelp. BTW, "yellow" was used in
place of white because it is less harsh on the eyes when viewed for long
periods of time.

Always design for the lowest common denominator. While it's highly unlikely
that laptop manufacturers are making monochrome lcd displays anymore, it IS
likely that some on your users may have older machines. Design your help
interface with those users in mind.

You can probably look up the minimum screen settings in your HAT reference

Hope this helps


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