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Can I use alternate colors for rows using Metro design guidelines?

And if I've multiple ListBox in the same view which is the suggestion?

Can I use alternate colors (the same for each control)? I see that this creates a bit of confusion.


Here the sketch. The mockup.

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Design guideline shouldn't be a barrier for some usability improvements. Guideline is universal document while each case could have its own features.

For easy reading of separate rows (in tables etc) one should be able to distinguish them. So, be sure, whether reading is hard. Then use some techniques to distinguish them. It could be not only alternating colors, but supporting lines, too. In any case, it should be just enough to distinguish, not to cry out of it.

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ok, so I can use the alternate rows in all controls in the view? –  Matteo Migliore Jul 25 '13 at 11:20
It will be consistent to use same technique for all the controls. But also try less prominent (but still usable) supporting lines instead of zebra colors. –  Alexey Kolchenko Jul 25 '13 at 11:39
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