Cannot easily determine run status without color sight

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Garrett Smith

07 Dec, 2020 03:39 PM

The colors that you use for success and failure are classic green/red shades that green-red color blind struggle to differentiate. Unfortunately you have no other cues to indicate build status. I've attached two screen shots. I happen to be color blind in this area and have no idea what color I'm looking at - other than knowing it's a color I can't reliably identify, something in the green-red range.

You'll find that a lot of your users face this problem as this type of color blindness is quite common. This is why traffic lights use a shade of green that's has a lot of blue as it's much easier to differentiate from the red.

If for some reason you're UX team is highly attached to these two hues - and one learns from experience not to question UX experts - then I suggest including a simple "SUCCESS" or "FAILURE" somewhere in text to make this clear. Even with different hues you run the risk of someone struggling to differentiate.

As it is I need to go into the build and scroll to the bottom to know the result with certainly. Hopefully we can all agree that isn't good UX, despite the otherwise pleasing color palette.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 07 Dec, 2020 05:48 PM

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    Hi Garrett,

    Thanks for your feedback! We will absolutely look into adjusting colours to make them more accessible!

    However, even currently there is a different status verbiage for successful and failed builds. While successful builds just say "X minutes ago" failed builds adds "Failed X minutes ago" - please see attached screenshot. "Failed" is visible on both build details and builds history pages. Hope that helps.

  2. 2 Posted by Garrett Smith on 07 Dec, 2020 05:54 PM

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    Thank you - I'll use that technique. I would suggest in that case that you
    state "Succeeded X minutes ago" in success cases - in case your users like
    me don't know about or recall these tricks.

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