Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
I was showing my brother the Duty Officer system earlier tonight. He's partially color-blind, has difficulty telling some colors apart. He mentioned that it's often hard for him to do various things because the UI relies a lot on colors.

So I was thinking. Would Cryptic think about creating a Color-Blind Support (CBS) control for the UI that you could turn on and off via the options? All it would do would be to put a letter next to some things that are differentiated by color. For example, the Duty Officer names are colored White, Green, Blue and Purple. If the CBS is turned on, you'd see a W, G, B and P to the right of the name.

He puts a T, S, or E after the names of his bridge officers so he can see at a glance what class they are. Instead of doing that, the BO Icon could simply have a small T, S or E in the middle or on the bottom if the CBS is turned on.

I think something like this would be really appreciate by people who have a rough time with colors.

Thanks!
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 2
01-17-2012, 02:00 AM
this is a very cool idea. hope cryptic pick it up for their games.
i think a lot of people forget about people to don't see the world in the full spectrum as most of us do.

+ 10 for epic idea
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 3
01-17-2012, 02:04 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rosvik
I was showing my brother the Duty Officer system earlier tonight. He's partially color-blind, has difficulty telling some colors apart. He mentioned that it's often hard for him to do various things because the UI relies a lot on colors.

So I was thinking. Would Cryptic think about creating a Color-Blind Support (CBS) control for the UI that you could turn on and off via the options? All it would do would be to put a letter next to some things that are differentiated by color. For example, the Duty Officer names are colored White, Green, Blue and Purple. If the CBS is turned on, you'd see a W, G, B and P to the right of the name.

He puts a T, S, or E after the names of his bridge officers so he can see at a glance what class they are. Instead of doing that, the BO Icon could simply have a small T, S or E in the middle or on the bottom if the CBS is turned on.

I think something like this would be really appreciate by people who have a rough time with colors.

Thanks!
Excellent idea, a small tool tip over anything which is explained by colour would help, nearly 10% of the male population are colour blind so it is a reasonable request.
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 4
01-17-2012, 11:03 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rosvik
So I was thinking. Would Cryptic think about creating a Color-Blind Support (CBS) control for the UI that you could turn on and off via the options? All it would do would be to put a letter next to some things that are differentiated by color. For example, the Duty Officer names are colored White, Green, Blue and Purple. If the CBS is turned on, you'd see a W, G, B and P to the right of the name.
At the moment, we do have a somewhat subtle indicator for Duty Officer qualities that can help your brother, the overlay on the portrait has one bar for a Green doff, two bars for a Blue doff, and three bars for a Purple doff.

If you can come up with more ideas to help improve the user friendliness of the UI for color blind people, I'll see about trying to get them add them to the UI.
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 5
01-17-2012, 11:20 AM
We have a fleetmate who is constantly saying he has trouble with many different issues because he's also color blind.
I shall point him to this thread.
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 6
01-17-2012, 01:39 PM
Its the main reason i don't play Klingon. I have major issues with their faction colours. If a solution could be made ii be very happy.
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 7
01-17-2012, 01:41 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by FallingSky
At the moment, we do have a somewhat subtle indicator for Duty Officer qualities that can help your brother, the overlay on the portrait has one bar for a Green doff, two bars for a Blue doff, and three bars for a Purple doff.

If you can come up with more ideas to help improve the user friendliness of the UI for color blind people, I'll see about trying to get them add them to the UI.
I am not sure, but I think the Klingon UI colors are pretty bad. Well, I am not color-blind*, but I get constantly onfused with the red-orange. Some more flexibility here would be neat.

*) (actually, I have some kind of weakness distinguishing green/red tones)
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 8
01-17-2012, 04:11 PM
I too am partially colour blind (Missing Red Spectrum) and I also would like to see some changes. I am happy with the icon changes that were made to the particle traces and would like to see more of these changes in the UI. I have a klingon toon, but do not play it as the colour scheme is way too tough to look at. A huge help to be honest would be a tool that indicates colour in the tailor. The A1 etc.. helps but the shades do bleed into the others. I at least can have a fleet buddy assist in picking the colours.
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 9
01-17-2012, 05:58 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by FallingSky
At the moment, we do have a somewhat subtle indicator for Duty Officer qualities that can help your brother, the overlay on the portrait has one bar for a Green doff, two bars for a Blue doff, and three bars for a Purple doff.

If you can come up with more ideas to help improve the user friendliness of the UI for color blind people, I'll see about trying to get them add them to the UI.
Thank you FallingSky, will think of what would help me and let you know, I am a little red/green colour blind so purples tend to look like blue etc. Congratulations on a great launch day too.
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 10
01-21-2012, 08:06 AM
Agreed. Trying to work out what colour the Klingon boffs are is pretty impossible.
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:17 AM.