Bug 178194 - Default desktop background may pose problems to visually impaired
Default desktop background may pose problems to visually impaired
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-themes (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Matthias Clasen
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Reported: 2006-01-18 10:35 EST by Uno Engborg
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-01-18 11:55:11 EST
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Description Uno Engborg 2006-01-18 10:35:39 EST
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Description of problem:
The blue background with bubbles might constitute a problem to visually impaired people.

The smallest bubbles are about the same size as the icons. If you place a files or a folders in the bubble area they will be very hard to see.

From a usability point of view there is nothing wrong with having some kind of pattern on the desktop. It may actually help the user to remember where he put things. To be helpful, the patterns must be more toned down and the smallest detail must be much bigger than the size of the icons. That way icons will appear more clearly on the desktop. 

Other than that the image is beautiful, but beautiful is not enough when it comes to default settings. They must be usable as well.

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Steps to Reproduce:
1.Log in to a gnome session
2. Place file in the bubbly area
3. Notice how hard it is to see.

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Comment 1 Matthias Clasen 2006-01-18 10:42:48 EST
I don't see this as a serious problem. 

a) you can just place your file somewhere else
b) you can pick a different background

cc'ing Diana before closing this.
Diana, any comment ?
Comment 2 Matthias Clasen 2006-01-18 11:55:11 EST
Not going to make any changes here...

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