Key highlighting of "S" is too faint - highlight it the same as other letters instead

Bug #1060819 reported by mdmcginn on 2012-10-03
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Bug Description

Both I and my son can't tell the difference between a key-highlighted "S" and a non-highlighted "S". As a result, we see "V" (SR) as "R" and so on. I've learned to type what I see highlighted, and if my input isn't accepted, to look again at the keys in the chord and realize that this is one of those "S chord"s that I can't see. Yes, I can see the faint highlighting if I look carefully, but it isn't clear enough to register on my brain at normal typing speed.

To me, the value of learning "Either S key is valid" isn't worth the consistent confusion. Instead of highlighting "S" more faintly, I would highlight both "S" keys the same as other keys, since either or both keys will work: SR or SSR.

If you want, after "Left shift key to toggle hint options," you could add "Either top or bottom 'S' key will work (or both)" or "Use either 'S' key"

Pragma Nolint (pragma-nolint) wrote :

Thanks for the report. I'll make the change suggested if I get more reports of this confusion, but as far as I know it's not a problem for most users. You can make the interface high-contrast, which will make the highlighted "S" much more obvious. To do this, open in a text editor (the file is in the main Fly directory) and change line 8 from:
COLOR_SCHEME = "classic"
COLOR_SCHEME = "highcontrast"
Save the file, and exit the text editor. Next time Fly is started, high contrast colours will be used. Let me know if this doesn't work for you.

Changed in flyploverfly:
status: New → Opinion
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