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Redharissa Report 10 Dec 2008 10:51

The site upgrade has effectively rendered it a no go area for people with visual impairment issues, eg-colourblindness, problems with distinguishing contrast, etc.

I almost wonder whether it is now in breach of disability access laws? Can anyone in the know please comment whether this is so?

I have reasonably good eyesight yet even I am struggling to make out the text from the background. And the layout and colour scheme is simply dreadful and Sooooo depressing and unfriendly. Where do they find these designers???

Mrs.  Blue Eyes

Mrs. Blue Eyes Report 10 Dec 2008 11:14

I have black lettering on a pale bluish background, are you all the same colour


Redharissa Report 10 Dec 2008 11:52

I have pale green lettering on a grey-green background with sludge and grey-green boxes. This is viewed on a Windows XP machine using IE6. I'm off to check it out on Firefox, maybe it will be legible in a different browser!

Black on pale blue sounds OK - maybe we don't all have the same scheme??


Sue Report 10 Dec 2008 12:14

I can't read these pages without great difficulty.

I have emailed GR, please do the same if you are also experiencing visual difficulties.

Sue x


Redharissa Report 10 Dec 2008 12:52

The contrast is ever so slightly better defined in Firefox. All the capital Ns in my tree still look like two I s though.


WhackyJackieInOz Report 10 Dec 2008 15:15

Mine is light green on a light greyish background with a lot of glary white surrounding. It is so glary it makes my eyes hurt.
I am using Internet Explorer. Genesreunited AU (Australia)
Just had a thought unusuall for me lol.
In MSN you used to be able to change your colour scheme yourself
Maybe that would be a suggestion to put to Genes team having a Colour Scheme Button somewhere on the site. For people who are impaired


LadyBarbara Report 10 Dec 2008 15:18

I have the same as you blue eyes and it really is quite pleasant and easily read, just the page jumps a bit now and again.

Barbara x

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 10 Dec 2008 15:24

I have only just come on here and found the changes which I don't like with everything over to one side, feel I have to move my chair now which is difficult with the desk we have.
I use varifocals and can't see things easily now, also have the whopping great ad at the side which is very distracting.

I have also had three messages from people telling me they are sharing their tree with me and I know they have no connection with me, two are folk I usually pm for various reasons and the other I don't recognise the name at all!

Definitely not happy, I know my name is Purple but the colour jumps out at me too much on here!


Just knew these problems would come up, if it ain't broke why try and fix it. Use the time and money to sort out other problems that we have mentioned before.


AnninGlos Report 10 Dec 2008 15:32

I too have varifocals and find it harder to concentrate when it is over to the right so much. Mine is grey green background and greenish print.


Redharissa Report 10 Dec 2008 17:37

Has GR changed the text and background colours in the last few hours? I have just swapped my computer monitor and am finding I can actually read the text on the GR site much better now. The text is now displaying as dark greeny black against a pale green background - subtle but much better contrast-wise. I suppose it might just be my new 2nd hand monitor!


AnninGlos Report 10 Dec 2008 17:44

I think they have tweaked the colours and size of text. still feel lopsided reading though.


~Summer Scribe~

~Summer Scribe~ Report 10 Dec 2008 17:52

It's the huge expanse of white on the left combined with the lopsided thread... The black on mid-gray is really causing me a lot of eye pain.

I think the chances of getting GR to allow us the ability to change the colour scheme are slim to non-existent since they can't even give us simple html capabilities such as bolding or italics.


Deanna Report 10 Dec 2008 17:52

I have managed to increase the size of the text but the boarder which is killing my eyes, is stll there.
I am recovering from a stroke.... please dont take this complaint lightly.
People like me do not need a *busy* sceen.
AND.... how do I work this new format???


Jane Report 10 Dec 2008 17:52

Areyou talking the FR ad with pink background and the B girl thinking she is still it?Aaarrggghhh!


gemqueen Report 10 Dec 2008 17:59

What on earth is going on. Even on South Africa site I'm getting the flashing ads. I'm using Mozilla Firefox and the font size can't be made bigger as I've tried. I'm squinting as I'm writing this with my varifocals on too.
Any ideas as to how to stop the flashing ads gratefully received.
Is this a ploy by GR to stop us posting once we've paid our subs?



YorkshireCaz Report 10 Dec 2008 18:04

I had to close down this morning as I couldn't stand it any more, trying to read the small pale green print hurt my eyes and gave me a headache. I have just come back on and they have changed it, printing is black and bigger now.
I don't like my tree layout at all, I used to be able to see parents with all their children, now it is an effort moving sideways each time, I won't bother. Why is the details bit crammed in at the bottom, my mouse will be worn out at this rate.



Yuli Report 10 Dec 2008 18:11

I have just emailed support to say that I am going to have to let my membership lapse. The screen is triggering migraines for me.

Hopefully Santa will send me an Ancestry membership.


ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom Report 10 Dec 2008 19:18

Ive made my text bigger & its much clearer now to read.


LindainHerriotCountry Report 10 Dec 2008 19:33

Thank you for the tip on making the text bigger,but the colours still cause eye strain and having it all over on the right is very annoying
If you are using Firefox as your browser choose Adblock Plus from the optional add ons and you won't see any ads


Jane Report 10 Dec 2008 19:36

We are being squeezed out!.I'm finding I can't stay on here as long as before ,cos of achy eyes.