A validation study regarding a generative approach in choosing appropriate colors for impaired users

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Abstract

In many circumstances, concepts, ideas and emotions are mainly conveyed by colors. Color vision disorders can heavily limit the user experience in accessing Information Society. Therefore, color vision impairments should be taken into account in order to make information and services accessible to a broader audience. The task is not easy for designers that generally are not affected by any color vision disorder. In any case, the design of accessible user interfaces should not lead to to boring color schemes. The selection of appealing and harmonic color combinations should be preserved. In past research we investigated a generative approach led by evolutionary computing in supporting interface designers to make colors accessible to impaired users. This approach has also been followed by other authors. The contribution of this paper is to provide an experimental validation to the claim that this approach is actually beneficial to designers and users.

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Troiano, L., Birtolo, C., & Armenise, R. (2016). A validation study regarding a generative approach in choosing appropriate colors for impaired users. SpringerPlus, 5(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40064-016-2659-6

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