On my CAPTCHA Images post, Patrick Santry mentioned he ran into one he couldn’t decipher due to his colorblindness. I’m also colorblind, but have yet to hit one I couldn’t figure out, and that may be due to luck, or varying degrees of colorblindness. I do, however, master a website I can barely read. It was designed by women (and targeted mainly for women), who claim they have no problems whatsoever. Its frustrating for me, especially since I’m â€œin chargeâ€œ of the thing.
Color blindness affects about 15% of the overall population, nearly all of whom are males (sex linked trait–I’ll explain it in another post if you ned me to). When choosing colors for a website, especially one where you’re likely to have a large numebr of male visitors, color selection can be important. My favorite color picker allows you to choose web safe colors that take into account colorblindness.