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Re: zoomtext reversing background colour test please


From: David Farough
Date: Aug 27, 2010 9:33AM

Hi Sandy:
After checking the page with Magic, I have to agree with Mike. While
adjusting the settings is different with each package, these packages
both work well as long as the colours chosen provide sufficient

When I tried this using Magic, I first activated the colour enhancer.
This changed the background colour in all the boxes to blue. The text
colour remained black as it was originally. then when I accessed the
colour enhancement dialogue, I checked the invert black and white option
and the text colour changed to white. I have to say that using System
Access Magnification options are much more intuitive, but I am sure that
users would be able to get satisfactory results using their package of

David Farough
Application Accessibility Coordinator/coordonateur de l'accessibilité
Information Technology Services Directorate /
Direction des services d'information technologiques
Public Service Commission / Commission de la fonction publique
Email / Courriel: <EMAIL REMOVED>
Tel. / Tél: (613) 992-2779

>>> < <EMAIL REMOVED> > 10:52 AM Friday, August 27, 2010
Yes in ZoomText with reverse video the color changes from yellow to
blue. So you have white text on a blue background inside of the box. The
only issue that I saw in ZoomText was using the yellow on black setting.
In this case the box was two shades of yellow so contrast is pretty low.
This could be an issue with any choice of background color since ZT will
allow you to customize these settings. You could choose white on orange
if you wanted. I just looked at preset choices. The fact that you can
end up with two shades of the same color for foreground and background
does not mean that the use of background colors causes problems for the
users. As long as the initial contrast is within standards you will
provide most users with a color set that will work with their AT they
may just need to make some adjustments. The only alternative would be a
black and white internet, and I don't think anyone wants that.

Mike Moore

-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Sandy
Sent: Friday, August 27, 2010 9:43 AM
To: David Farough
Cc: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] zoomtext reversing background colour test please

> I don't have Zoomtext but I do have System Access.
> Using the screen magnification option of system access and the
> colors option, all three boxes changed from yellow to blue. I'll be
> interested to hear how this works for Zoomtext. If you're
interested, I
> can try this out using Magic.

David, that would be great!

thanks, Sandy