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Making Presentations Accessible for Colorblind Individuals

As I prepare for my SQL PASS 2009 presentation "Solving the Bill of Materials Problem", I'm trying to make sure I use colors that are visible to people with colorblindness. I've found two tools to help accomplish this. Colorlab available at renders the standard web color palette as seen by people with various color vision deficiencies. Vischeck allows you to upload your own images (e.g., PowerPoint presentation, screen capture of SSMS) and see how they'd appear to people with any of three different types of color vision deficiency. My goal is to have SSMS configured so as many people as possible can easily see the code.
Published Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:26 AM by John Paul Cook

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ALZDBA said:

Thank you for your efforts to this into account!

I'm one of the many having daltonisme (red green dot-test ) making pastel colors very ambiguous.

We learn to live with it, but you can imagine the strange looks you get if you state a color that totally doesn't match the one most people see.

Hilarous !

Especially when using e.g. perfmon, I always need some more time to tune the colors.

July 5, 2009 1:05 PM

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is a database and Azure specialist in Houston. He previously worked as a Data Platform Solution Architect in Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a Registered Nurse currently studying to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2. Connect on LinkedIn

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