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How can I check if my user interface is suited for colorblind people?

I'd like to ensure that color blind users experience the UI with sufficient contrast between elements and similar aesthetics as other users. What are some good resources to help with this?

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You may test this one:

http://colorfilter.wickline.org/

Enter the URL for the web site you want to test, and select a color blindness type.
The tool will then show you the web site like the color blind user will see it.

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Colorblind Vision is an iPhone app for simulating colorblindness in realtime (30 fps).

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I reckon it really comes down to contrast as ign indicates.

Check out WCAG: Visual audio contrast They also list some tools for checking the contrast between colors.

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Fuji has a little app for Windows. Colordoctor

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There is also a Chrome extension called Daltonize https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/efeladnkafmoofnbagdbfaieabmejfcf

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Another vote for Colororacle, it covers the three main types of colour blindness,and it has a very nice implementation. The black and white test that ign mentions is also for colour in redundancy tests, and that is available on the web developer toolbar

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Another color blindness simulator is vischeck, it can be used online on images and on urls. I've also used sim daltonism (mac only).

Color blindness is not very rare (among men), chances are that you already know a colorblind person but never realised he was colorblind. They can tell you about compensation strategies, etc., things that a simulator can't know.

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Color Oracle (http://colororacle.cartography.ch) works pretty nice. (Desktop application, works on all platforms)

It gives you simulations of the 3 different types of colorblindness. Good tool for quickly checking how the color blind would see your work.

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I've heard that the most basic test would be to make a screen capture and convert to grayscale on an image editor and see if you can tell colors apart easily.

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While it might work, only a very small percentage of the population have this full colour blindness. Most colour blindness is red/green where you have difficulty distinguishing just those two colours. –  ChrisF Aug 9 '10 at 22:47
    
I think it's not aimed only at people with full color blindness. Certain tones of green and blue (or other) can be really similar in grayscale. Anyway, it's a very basic test. –  Ignacio Aug 9 '10 at 23:08
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When designing with color blindness in mind, one needs to think about the contrast between colors. A combination of red and green can be accessible as long as the contrast between the two is enough. Conversion to grayscale can help in determining contrast. –  eBeth Sep 3 '11 at 19:31

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