Colorblindness Coping: Colorblindness & Windows 7
December 3, 2013 8:05 AM Subscribe
The nut of the question/problem is this: When I use high-contrast mode in Windows 7, people are receiving emails from me where the text is blank. Is this because windows 7 changes the font to white for me to see it, and then emails that same font to users who have white backgrounds? How can I fix this?
I really don't want to ask for special software accommodation at work. I'm private and would really rather just fix it on my own and move on. Snowflakes abound inside.
posted by anonymous to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am afflicted by red-green colorblindness, and for roughly forty years it has never been an issue at my place of employment; however, recently I was sent a spreadsheet with one column in colored text that was colored in a shade that I couldn't discern. As a result, I missed an important step and had to deal with losing face. I work with some hyper-aggressive people who immediately indicate that it's obvious to them that a certain green-shaded column means 'paid' while to me it means... invisible.
I don't often tell people about being colorblind, because I deal with anxiety and just get overwhelmed by the questions or the 'can't believe it attitude. '
Hoping to mitigate further embarassment, I switched my computer over to one of the high-contrast modes. It did help me pick up some of the colors that were harder for me to see... or at least modified them so that I could read.The main issue that arose was when I sent or responded to an email, my font would truly be white and the person receiving the email wouldn't be able to read it. I had no idea that the theme was a true change to font colors, etc, and not just a cosmetic change with the underlying text still being readable by other users.
Does anyone else out there have red-green c/b? Have you ever missed something that was so obvious to someone else? What do you do to overcome missing things that you don't know are missing? Specifically, I'm looking for technical/technological solutions. One of the requirements, is that I must be able to make whatever change/adjustment without administrator access.
Thank you in advance for your thoughts!