[BUG][ParityRequest] Scanner Prime contrast FAILS Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

The screenshot below was taken with 2.33, "Lighting Dynamics" enabled, and set all the way to high.

In the example here, the plain text "Explain why you believe..." FAILS Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. The text is #676CB0 and the background is #000000. This is a contrast ratio of 4.34:1. This FAILS WCAG contrast guidelines for text at all but the largest sizes.

This bug report is not just about this particular screen. Prime has this problem THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE APP. This is why people are telling you everything looks dim or washed out. Please listen to us. It is not just about playing in daylight, although this certainly does not help the problem. It is because there is not enough CONTRAST in your color choices. I've also marked this as a Parity Request because [Redacted] had excellent color choices for contrast and was very readable. The WCAG are good, because if things are hard to read on a web page, they're going to be even harder outside with full daylight.

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  • Are these guidelines legally binding?

  • It’s not the color that is the issue. More color, or more color choices won’t do the trick. It’s the value. Two completely contrasting colors at the same value can be near impossible to see against one another. Changing the color itself will do no good. The letters need to be lighter against the dark background.

  • this is a really good explanation 👍️

  • GorillaSapiensGorillaSapiens ✭✭✭✭✭

    The W3C is the standards body that keeps the web alive. To quote their web site, "The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web."

    While not "legally binding", they are recognized in the industry as an expert source.

    Again, to quote their web site, "Our society, our world, and the Web face many challenges, and now more than ever the Web Consortium must continue to fulfill our mission, with our global community, to make the web work, for everyone."

  • +1

  • MorganzaMorganza ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you for such a clear explanation of the underpinning of an issue that has caused so much frustration and has been cited as a big factor in many agents quitting.

    My eyes thank you.

  • starwortstarwort ✭✭✭✭✭

    While we're here, the red text that appears when you hack a portal during cooldown (or with too many items, or some other problem) is barely legible too.

  • Overlays are also a problem: In inventory, white text on top of the photo has nothing to separate it from the background picture. In some cases it's ok, because the picture is mostly black. In other cases, the text completely disappears because the photo is white.

    In animation, it used to be the norm that everything had a black outline, so that objects would stand out against any background. That is one possible solution.

    The point is that if you don't control the background, you will always have some background that is the same color as your foreground text, and presto, invisible ink.

    But fundamentally, yes. contrast is a severe problem in Prime.

  • 1valdis1valdis ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2019

    Finally someone made real guidances check to confirm our low contrast feedback. Thank you.

    I have another thing for you to take from Redacted which made its visual appearance more appealing. Take everything that's currently under a field (except roads), and place it over a field. This includes: XM, portals, burster effects, player radius (see screenshot).

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