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James B. (jbow) - ,
Subject: Search colors
Date Posted: 7/7/2010 11:44 PM ET
Member Since: 6/24/2010
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I have been on this site only a couple of weeks, and I love it! But I have small thing I hope PBS would consider altering.

All the men in my family (myself included), are red-green color-blind. This affects around 7-10% of the male population.

The PBS issue is in the search function. When I do a site search for a author's books, the list is divided in green (available), red (unavailable).

This could be easily solved by changing one of the colors to the blue family. Most color-blindness is either red-green, or yellow-blue.




More info from Wikipedia:

Based on clinical appearance, color blindness may be described as total or partial. Total color blindness is much less common than partial color blindness.[7] There are two major types of color blindness: those who have difficulty distinguishing between red and green, and those who have difficulty distinguishing between blue and yellow.[8][9]

  • Total color blindness
  • Partial color blindness
  • Red-green
  • Dichromacy (protanopia and deuteranopia)
  • Anomalous trichromacy (protanomaly and deuteranomaly)
  • Blue-yellow
  • Dichromacy (tritanopia)
  • Anomalous trichromacy (tritanomaly
Date Posted: 7/7/2010 11:57 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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The PBS team doesn't read the forums.  You need to use the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page and send this information and suggestion directly to them.  They do read those and put good ideas on the To Do list.


Date Posted: 7/8/2010 11:47 PM ET
Member Since: 4/5/2008
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Wow, I never thought of that.  Good idea to let them know. 

Date Posted: 7/9/2010 2:01 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Welcome to PBS James!  Fascinating suggestion, great idea to submit to PBS Admin via the Contact Us link on the bottom right of this page!

James B. (jbow) - ,
Date Posted: 7/9/2010 4:13 PM ET
Member Since: 6/24/2010
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Thanks all. A very kind member forwarded this info to the proper channel for me with out asking. Some nice people out there!

It is irritating dealing with the color issue, and I try to bring it up if necessary with a biz that deals with a large portion of the public.

I once bought a piece of stereo equipment from Sony that I had to return after I got home and discovered that the remote had light greens and golds on it. Wasn't any color difference to my slack eyeballs!  O well.

Happy reading.

Date Posted: 7/9/2010 8:11 PM ET
Member Since: 2/15/2006
Posts: 284
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My dad has this and he knows the difference between a red light and a green light because of it's placement on the whole light system. Once we were visiting another country and nobody noticed their lights were set up different. At least not until dad ran 3 red lights. Thank goodness no one was injured.