The popular word game Wordle includes a high contrast mode in the settings for "improved color vision". It turns the usual green and yellow color cues into more contrasting orange and blue.
It's great that this feature exists. However, based on a quick check using the Stark chrome extension to simulate different color-blindness types, it seems like this tends to invert the color meanings for anyone who can still see the colors at all - i.e. those without full achromatopsia.
(Note: The context for those color associations that I'm interested in is common color associations in the United States about how correct something is - the location and context for how they're used in this game.)
- One of the common associations for the color green is good/correct and it means that a letter is in the right spot in this game with normal colors, but it becomes orange in the high contrast mode which I understand would look yellowish to people who are colorblind (i.e. not clearly distinguishable, but on the red-green spectrum) or even red. It seems like that would more commonly signify caution or an error.
- Yellow, which is commonly used as a cautionary color, means a letter is correct but in the wrong spot. This becomes blue in high contrast mode (which I understand would look bluish or on the green-blue spectrum to people with color blindness). In any case, it seems like the color would appear neutral or calming - maybe even greenish (as in correct), kind of the opposite meaning again.
Am I correct in thinking that it would have been nice if the creator of the game had simply swapped the high contrast colors to better align the meanings of the colors with their in-game significance or am I missing something about why those colors might have been chosen?
(Of course, I don't want to take away from the fact that the game has an option to improve the colors. I appreciate that the creator of the game was thinking about that and took the time to consider how to make it more inclusive. I'm only asking to deepen my understanding of color blindness and related accessibility features.)