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  1. Keith
    April 19, 2013 at 11:02 am | | Reply

    It’s definitely easier to understand color instructions as shown. But be sure to keep in mind that some people are colorblind.

    1. CAPINC
      April 19, 2013 at 4:09 pm | | Reply

      That’s a great point- you always have to take into account your audience when designing documents. About 10% of males have some form of color blindness and there are great websites like this one which lets you upload images and see what colorblind folks would see. Happily, when I uploaded the shot peen image from this post, the contrast still stands out for the most common form of color blindness.

      And while 10% of folks have color blindness, about 75% of adults use some sort of glasses or contacts, usually related to reading small details after the age of 40. One way to remove a lot of the little black lines that most tech documents have in them is to use color where appropriate- your readers who are approaching 40 (like me) may thank you!


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