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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 118748] accessibility - High Contrast Mode enabled by default makes dark themes unusable
Date Wed, 11 Jan 2012 21:54:27 GMT

--- Comment #2 from David Rankin <> 2012-01-11 21:54:27
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I don't know what the "Automatically detect high contrast mode of
operating system" setting is supposed to do to begin with. I have used light
themes, dark themes, on kde, gnome, fluxbox, windowmaker, enlightenment, etc..
and I have never seen a reason for it. My experience for the past several years
on SuSE/openSuSE and ArchLinux is that this automatic setting has caused
nothing but problems.

I think the correct way to rethink it is to ask the question "Regardless of the
desktop color theme, how many users are ever going to want something other than
black text on a white background for the OO apps?" I think the answer is near
zero. Even for those users that do use a dark theme (like me), they still want
black text on a white background for word processing, spreadsheets, and
presentations. In over 24 years of GUI computing (recall Cricket Graph?), I
cannot recall a single instance where I would want anything other than black on
white as a default starting document.

Further, we still print in a black and white world. Presentations are about the
only thing where a colored background is desired -- and even in that case, the
color is largely handled by different templates applied by the user, not as a
default color scheme set by the office suite.

Regardless, I agree that this needs re-thinking. KISS is a good philosophy. The
more you can get away from the suite trying to 'out think' the user with this
kind of 'default' issue, the fewer problems you will have after the 3.4

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