Re: colors and backgrounds for web pages

  • From: "jaffar" <jaffar@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 14:24:55 +0800

Hi Lamar. Yup css and Pictures go hand in hand. For example, You could include a picture of yourself on your front page header that when propperly styled, could be the banner of your front or home page. You could use little icons to add to the style of your menus, even, like creating a sort of landscaping effect. You will be amazed what a few pictures, Css and javascript can do to enhance the visual layout of your site. But to achieve that, you'll need some sighted help and critique. Cheers! ----- Original Message ----- From: "Lamar Upshaw" <lupshaw@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 1:48 PM
Subject: Re: colors and backgrounds for web pages

Thank you to all of you for weighing in nicely on this. I've learned three
things for certain:
1. learn about color style sheets.
2. pay attention to color contrast.
3. get sighted opinions.

It also sounds like i can use javascript along with CSS.  This is good to
know, because that may come in handy in the future. I don't know much about
javascript, but for what I do know, I really enjoy it.

Am I correct in assuming that CSS also involves pictures and images?

I'll go to w3schools and begin learning about this stuff ASAP.

Thanks to all of you once again.

With All Respect,
Upshaw, LaMar T
----- Original Message ----- From: "inthaneelf" <inthaneelf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 5:33 PM
Subject: Re: colors and backgrounds for web pages

yes Lamar , if you have a feel for colors, which I do since I was fully
sighted at one time, then picking the colors you use has only a few rules,
and an assortment of options.

dark backgrounds with light text seems to be, for the main part (there are
exceptions to every rule), better for low vision users, and jaws has no
problems with that.

not using combo's of blue and green, or red orange yellow, for a page
for those who have two of the three types of color blindness.

and keeping in mind the stock colors for links is a good idea as well,
I always have trouble with, I think... if my moldy rocks, I mean brain
misleading me again that stock links are blue for unvisited links, purple
for visited but your not there now links, and red if its "active" which
means your on the page that link leads to.  , so if you want to do a dark
red page with gold type it will work, but the active link is going to be
hard to see for some, since its red as well.

there are ways with java script  to let someone choose how the page is
presented, but I have not got them down as of yet, so can't share them

good luck, and having a couple people who's opinions you trust take a look
is never a bad thing, many sighted  people ask there friends to take a
and give an opinion, so why not us, eh?

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Alex Parks" <mehgcap@xxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 11:25 AM
Subject: re: colors and backgrounds for web pages

>I normally just take the suggestions of one or two sighted people about
>colors, then ask others what they think and go with the color(s) that
>liked. It isn't a clean way of doing it and is far from independant, >but
>it is the best I have seen.  I also have enough vision to imagine what
>things might look like, so if I know I want to use black and orange on a
>page I can picture (sort of) what black text on orange would look like
>then orange on black.  You might also want a scheme like this, then use
>to allow the viewer to dynamically change the scheme.
> Have a great day,
> Alex
>> ----- Original Message -----
>>From: "Lamar Upshaw" <lupshaw@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>Date sent: Mon, 29 Oct 2007 08:00:31 -0800
>>Subject: colors and backgrounds for web pages
>>Hi everyone,
>>Sighted people are giving me a hard time because my web pages
> aren't
>>breathing fires of colorful flames! *smile*  Where can I go, or
> what should
>>I study to learn about colors and backgrounds for web pages?
> Also, is this
>>something that blind people can really do? Or, will I need lots
> of sighted
>>With All Respect,
>>Upshaw, LaMar T
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