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Subtleties of color differences are insane for male users

Discussion in 'Microsoft Office' started by Royal Blue, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. Royal Blue

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    Your color designers have made the Office programs much too difficult to use
    for many men.

    I have trained users in Office products for 15 years. Each new version of
    the Office programs has been made more difficult than its predecessor to see
    and distinguish colors for male users.

    Health professionals have confirmed my own observations that thirty percent
    of men are color-blind. I do not mean that they cannot distinguish
    fire-engine red from royal blue. Color-blind means that they cannot
    distinguish pastels--light blue, light grey, light green--from each other.
    They also cannot distinguish dark shades--dark blue, dark grey, dark green
    from each other. Bright primary colors are no problem. Men can see,
    distinguish, and name bright colors, but not pastels or shades, or slight
    variations in colors.

    This would be no problem if colors and contrasts were used in the programs
    solely for decorative purposes, but it is a huge problem when they are used
    to convey information. These problems are rampant in important features
    throughout all of the Office programs, but I will provide just two examples.

    First, is the title bars of active versus inactive windows. Second, is the
    Excel sheet tabs of the active versus inactive sheets. The active title bar
    formerly was a bright blue contrasted with the grey of the inactive title
    bar. In the latest versions, the active and inactive title bars are
    indistinguishable. The Excel sheet tabs formerly were clearly white or
    clearly grey, but now the active and inactive sheet tabs are

    Women possess perfect color perception. This is one of the many wonderful
    qualities of women.

    For men, however, Microsoft is causing massive confusion for the thirty
    percent of men who do not possess perfect color perception.

    This post is a suggestion for Microsoft, and Microsoft responds to the
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