Colorblind variants for themes

About 4.5% of the population are colorblind, most of whom are red-green. It would be great to have versions of the themes which take this into account, for example, in how diffs are displayed.

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Hi @andrewring! We acknowledge that our current dark mode is not very inclusive for our colorblind community. But this dark mode is just the beginning. We have started early designs for a red-green Deuteranomaly theme and accessible high-contrast themes. Can I reach out to you when the time comes to review our Deuteranomaly theme? We would love to get your feedback :pray:

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As we start work on new inclusive themes for GitHub users with colorblindness, we would love to get more feedback on the designs from the community. If anyone viewing this topic has a form of colorblindness and would be interested in providing early feedback and/or participating in a closed beta let me know by replying in this thread!

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Please do reach out, I would be happy to help. :slight_smile:

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I’d also happily help!

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I’ll also happily help!

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Hi @andrewring @harry-muzmatch & @joshowen - we have early mockups ready for our new Deuteranomaly red/green colorblind theme and would love to chat with you in the next week or so! If you’re still interested, here is a Calendly link that you can use to select a time that works best for you. :pray:

Great, scheduled. Thanks!

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The new dark mode is really nice, helps some with colorblind vision since the color saturation is higher on the diff panels (strong deutan here). I’m interested if there will be further enhancements for a colorblind mode where I can swap in some other color for the red/green, etc. Last conversation in this particular board was about half a year ago, wondering if there was some movement on it. Thanks!

Hi @paulre-skyward - Thanks for your interest in our colorblind themes. We still plan on shipping red/green colorblind themes (in both light and dark modes). We recently shipped a public beta of our dark high contrast theme and are currently focused on making that generally available. We expect to ship a beta of the colorblind theme in September. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!

That’s fantastic news, thank you! Especially awesome will be that colorblind dark mode, not many colorblind friendly systems consider dark mode too. Kudos!

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The high contrast is really nice, thanks for pointing that one out. I’m looking forward to the colorblind themes!

@andrewring @harry-muzmatch @joshowen @paulre-skyward We’re very excited to share that we just shipped a beta release of new light and dark colorblind themes! You can enable the new themes by first enabling in Feature Preview (located in the header profile dropdown) and then updating your theme preferences in Appearance settings. We’d love to hear your feedback!

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Yes! As a colorblind user thank you!!

First issue for me: the PR open and PR merged icons now have the same color, this is confusing.
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I am using of course the Light colorblind theme

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Thank you so much for creating the colorblind theme! I immediately started using “Light Colorblind” as soon as I got the notification.

To me, it feels confusing for open issues to be the blue #0566d5 while closed issues are the orangish #1c5e00 – open issues seem much more urgent than closed ones, and should be given the color closer to danger-red on the spectrum.

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You might want to look at auto switching the user over when they enable/disable colour bindmode. I had assumed it would automatically change it for me and had come here to report it not working.

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Just wanted to echo this - I came here to do the same.

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Came here to report roughly the same. Obviously this has nothing to do with the feature itself, but it would be nice if the new-feature tease stated that you’d need to enable one of the themes (and perhaps linked to the appearance settings page).

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For those reading: go to Sign in to GitHub · GitHub, select the theme.

Love this new theme!

They’re not exactly the same (open now blue instead of green, and merged still purple), but for me it’s also hard to visually distinguish them.

A small issue in the feature description: color blindness is not affecting “up to 8% of people in the world”, but ~8% of the male population and ~0.5% of the female population, so somewhere in the 4% range overall - depending on what study you ask, of course.

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