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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 http://colorlab.wickline.org/colorblind/colorlab/ renders the standard web color palette as seen by people with various color vision deficiencies. Vischeck http://www.vischeck.com/vischeck/vischeckImage.php 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 01, 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 both a Registered Nurse and a Microsoft SQL Server MVP experienced in Microsoft 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. Experienced in systems integration and workflow analysis, John is passionate about combining his IT experience with his nursing background to solve difficult problems in healthcare. He sees opportunities in using business intelligence and Big Data to satisfy healthcare meaningful use requirements and improve patient outcomes. John graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2.
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