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Red and green and why testing tools ignores my handicap

Posted by Mike Longin on August 27, 2009

The color blind of this world are at a serious disadvantage when it comes to testing tools.  As some people may know, colorblindness affects many people in this world and using red and green to show passing and failing puts these people at a severe disadvantage.  At a number of talks here I have brought up the difficulties in distinguishing tests passing and failing based purely on color (especially red and green.)

My suggestion to solve this is two fold.

  • If you are going to use colors use blue for passing and red for failing (this will solve red\green color blindness issues.)
  • Place a symbol for a failing \ passing test on each line

I hope these ideas will make it much easier for those who are colorblind to work with automated tests.  Let me know if you have any other ideas.

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One Response to “Red and green and why testing tools ignores my handicap”

  1. Zhimin said

    Very considerate thought! Agree totally, every testing IDE/tool should implement this.

    iTest2 v1.6 will have allow users to customize the color of progress bar.

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