Guidelines for Using Color in Voting Systems

Guidelines for Using Color in Voting Systems

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Describes research in support of test methods and materials for the Election Assistance Comm. next iteration of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines. It is a digital color design guide for the electronic displays of voting systems. It encodes best practice for usability in general, and specifically to accommodate a wide range of color vision deficiencies. These guidelines have been written for digital system implementers (developers or designers). These guidelines should produce a system that is legible and avoids visual clutter and confusion. They are designed to accommodate users with less than perfect vision. These guidelines may set new standards for using color in a way that is functional and accessible. Illustrations.... RGB color space designed for common encoding on monitors and displays ( . ... A lower gamma value makes dark colors appear lighter, which reduces the contrast; these would be around 6.5:1 on ... The blue should not be the pure display blue (0, 0, 255), but should instead include at least 50% green as well. ... distinguishing different shades of green and blue, especially greenish blues vs. bluish greens (a jade green vs. a dark teal, for example).

Title:Guidelines for Using Color in Voting Systems
Author: Sharon Laskowski
Publisher:DIANE Publishing - 2009-05

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