Issue 96268 - Highlighting of selected cells has not enough contrast
Summary: Highlighting of selected cells has not enough contrast
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of issue 97672
Alias: None
Product: Calc
Classification: Application
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOO300m9
Hardware: Unknown Windows XP
: P3 Trivial with 3 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: spreadsheet
QA Contact: issues@sc
Keywords: oooqa
Depends on:
Reported: 2008-11-17 09:06 UTC by yanovets
Modified: 2009-05-20 16:49 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Issue Type: DEFECT
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Description yanovets 2008-11-17 09:06:08 UTC
When selecting several cells highlighting is perfect with default Windows XP
color theme.
But I am using "Zune" theme. And when this theme is in effect it is very hard to
distinguish selected cells. I even thought at first that there is no
highlighting at all and only next day noticed on different monitor that it is
there but with very low contrast.

How to reproduce:

I've found that highlighting color depends on "Active menu item background"
setting in the theme.
With standard Windows XP theme this color is #316AC5 and highlighting is perfect.
Zune theme uses gray color #BEBEBE for active menu item background. And in this
case highlighting has very low contrast.
It is very inconvenient for me to change that color only for selecting in Calc
to work.

My thoughts on solution: 
You can set fixed base for highlighting color that works (it can be #316AC5) and
maybe enable changing that color in settings.
Comment 1 michaelbuddy 2009-01-25 05:30:23 UTC
I'd like to confirm this issue, and also point out a couple details/anomalies
about it. 

At least one other user is reporting this issue only with XP using the Zune
(black gloss) desktop theme applied. The issue does not occur for me when a
default blue or silver XP theme is applied.

After reading more I associated the trouble with the theme, until I discovered
the contrast problem not occurring on a 2nd PC with the same version,
same XP, same theme applied. In fact, the selected cell contrast was fantastic
on the 2nd machine I observed. 

Allow me to link to a a few illustrative screenshots below:
First, My application screenshot with cells selected and "options" screen open
in foreground.
Please note in this image how the selected rows and columns highlight color as well.

Next, my XP Display Properties > Advanced Appearance window.

Next, a 2nd machine's calc window, note the selected cell and row column color.
Contrast is excellent. I've attempted to mimic this machine's appearance options
in and display properties with no success.

Last, 2nd Machine's XP Display Properties > Advanced Appearance window.
Again these are what is set when installing Zune theme. Although there are
several Zune theme download locations throughout the web.

There are differences between these two machines setup. I have separate video
card, the 2nd machine is on board video. Processors, mobo, RAM completel
different. The 2nd machine is much older, lower power. There also might be an
order which installing the Zune theme before or after makes a difference.
I doubt this to be the case.

I have attempted to delete preferences after changing options to see if
it works. No success. Also unlike the original ticket submitter, states a color
change to "Active Menu" in Display Properties > Appearances doesn't appear to
affect anything.  However they may be improperly naming that actual color
property as "Active Menu Item" doesn't exist in my XP Pro preferences. 
Comment 2 michaelbuddy 2009-01-25 05:35:54 UTC
I captured the 2nd machine screenshots with VNC, so that may be causing some of
the window color differences. As far as I know they are the same colorsa, but I
can't say for sure.
Comment 3 yanovets 2009-01-25 11:26:02 UTC
The name of setting that I mentioned may be "Selected menu item" (it is second
choice in select combo-box) and background color of that setting (I have Windows
XP not in English. It seems that my translation was not accurate).
Comment 4 Regina Henschel 2009-05-20 16:49:10 UTC
This problem is tracked in issue 97672. Please move your votes.

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 97672 ***
Comment 5 Regina Henschel 2009-05-20 16:49:36 UTC
closing duplicate