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Part VI: Software Usability > Colorful Language

Chapter 37. Colorful Language

As the modern Zen master put it, what is the color of one hand clapping? Something to ponder as we take a look at color in user interfaces.

Color has become an important aspect of graphical user interfaces, at least in the selling of software. For years I resisted getting a color monitor because most of my work was straight text processing. My venerable Hercules-compatible video card gave me everything I needed, and I could work for hours in front of that flat-screen amber monochrome monitor without headaches or blurred vision. Why should I switch to anemic color, lower resolution, and the flickering jaggies? I did own a color monitor, an overgrown CGA turkey that came bundled with my first laptop, but it mostly functioned as an end table. I didn't see the software world in full color until I finally moved up to my current workhorse system, which came with 1024 by 768 video in 256 colors on a 72-hertz noninterlaced display. My eyes were opened.


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