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1.16 color features, take 1.5
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- Subject: 1.16 color features, take 1.5
- From: "Ken Clark" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2000 19:41:39 -0500
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Color is a big topic. Here is a first take with
There is a new color tab in the ballot
options dialog. The ballot options dialog allows you to
choose underlying background for the touch screen page,
headers, races, and candidates:
on one of the four boxes pops up a color selection
Note the "Transparent" checkbox. If the color is currently transparent, you need to
uncheck that box before selecting the color. I agree that is a bit
awkward. I would have preferred that when you click a basic color, the
transparent checkbox automatically unchecks. Perhaps in a future release,
but this is unfortunately (and
counter intuitively) not straightforward to
colors form a hierarchy.
For the touch screen, the page color is the bottom of the hierarchy. For paper, it is the color of the paper
Above the page
color is the race and header color selected in the ballot options dialog.
If transparent is chosen for the race/header color, then the page color shows
through. The race color covers the whole race box, including the
candidate area. The candidate color
is in turn above the race. If the
candidate color is not transparent
it will be drawn in the candidate area, otherwise the race color
will show through.
The colors selected in the ballot options dialog can be
overridden on a race/header basis. Here is the new race editor draw
Headers are similar. If a color is selected in
the race editor, then that color will overwrite those in the ballot
options. If the race editor
color is transparent, the color in the ballot options shows though.
In the example above, the diagonal lines indicate that the candidate
background color is transparent.
The shaded checkbox
for races and headers still exists, but you can use color to pick whatever shade
of gray you prefer.
Finally, each of the rich text editors now have two new
buttons in the tool bar:
The underlined "A"
button changes the font color of the text selection. Simple enough.
blue box changes the background color of the area in which the text is drawn. That
is, it excludes margins. This is not a particularly useful feature, and
was almost removed. Its not hurting
anyone either though, and might one
day be useful. I suggest leaving the text background color alone in
favor of the draw
here is a red race with yellow candidates:
As a final note, all
the color information will be also downloaded to the AVTS for display on the
touch screen. The AVTS release will be in a couple of weeks, and will also
include some of the other pending AVTS RCRs as well.