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FrankRuperto
post Oct 25 2019, 11:36 AM
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No worries isladogs, I respect your opinion. When I first developed this pawnshop app in year 1985 with Informix-SQL on Altos MS Xenix, the Wyse dumb terminal displays were all green screens and users complained it was harder to distinguish data. So I created a PC-DOS version which supported colors and my users have liked it ever since. To date I have not had any new users request I get rid of multiple color scheme or change background to white and use black fonts, but I will gladly oblige if they request any cosmetic or functional changes.
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GroverParkGeorge
post Oct 26 2019, 09:50 AM
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I've heard the "Christmas Tree" description in the past, and usually I agree that lighting up a number of different controls in what appears to be a random manner can be distracting. On the other hand, coding like you describe -- Green means one thing across an app, red means another -- can be helpful, I believe.

I usually rely on conditional formatting, for example, to call out exceptions or values "out of bounds" in a datasheet.


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FrankRuperto
post Oct 26 2019, 10:39 AM
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I do make use of color-coding sparingly, as I dont want it to look confusing. The only coloring I am using in datasheets is a red background via conditional formating when the number of elapsed days for a contract is >= 90. I also use this red conditional formatting when showing neagtive amounts.

On another note, some developers have told me that my app has an MS-DOS retro look to it. I counter that by saying the high-contrast look is easier on the eyes, saves energy and screen life, and this look is back in style, e.g. the money market user software.
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DanielPineault
post Oct 26 2019, 12:57 PM
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Some color will enhance the user experience, while too much is distractive. That said, Frank's design seems well balanced.

One way or another using green and red for numeric numbers is quite common. I have a systems where the button change color based on the status and the background color changes based on other criteria. When it is well done it is very beneficial.

Hey, at the end of the day, if the client is happy, that is all that matters!

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