Gnome default themes

Jason Grieves jasongrieves at
Tue Dec 13 16:13:21 GMT 2005


As a low vision user I typically pop into Large Print Mode or High Contrast 
Inverse where available, especially if screen is small and resolution is 
small.  I have not been able to locate a study on a website where High 
Contrast vs High Contrast Inverse are reviewed by low vision users for 
usability.  Different eye conditions present different challenges.  Most 
people look at Inverse or even Low Contrast and have no idea how those 
themes could be more accessible.

I would recommend if only one is available becuase of size limitations, that 
make sure you grab the High Contrast Large Print or High Contrast Inverse 
Large Print.  You may have already decided this, but I wanted to be clear 
the Large Print also includes automatic font markup which is helpful.

Looking forward to more of the discussion!

God Bless,

Jason G.
Mathew 11:28-30

>Hello Lists,
>I'd like to suggest that we put at least one high visibility theme in with 
>the default Gnome set of themes so that it is installed with all systems. 
>If we go for just one, then I think it should be one that is useful for the 
>largest number of people, so one with large print. The large print may be 
>too big for some users, but it will at least allow them to use the system 
>long enough to install a larger theme selection and tweak settings.
>I'm also CCing in the accessibility list, and I would specifically like to 
>get some feedback from those with knowledge of low-vision issues. If we 
>have to pick one of those themes, which one is better for more people: 
>'high contrast' or 'high contrast inverse'?
>One reason this is especially important now is that we are looking at 
>options for creating an accessible Live CD and Ubuntu Express install path 
>(using a boot parameter). If one of the default themes were accessible, 
>then we could run a low-vision session right from first boot, without 
>having to put an extra 4MB (or whatever it is) of themes on the CD. See: 
>I'd also like to push this change up into the Gnome 2.14 upstream if 
>possible. Some of the current default themes are looking rather dated IMHO 
>(Crux, Ocean Dream, etc.). Are these kept around for backwards 
>compatibility reasons? There is a range of slick themes on 
>that would be good alternatives.
>- Henrik
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