I am Visually Impaired and can not see your VSB, Edit UI Elements, and grid Property Builder Design Tools (Design Tool Colors in VS 2008)

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  1. Steve
    Steve avatar
    6 posts
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    Dec 2008

    Posted 23 May 2009 Link to this post

    Apparently the tools have hard-coded background colors…  I have a visual disability that limits my sight to white text on a black background.  I can also see other high contrast colors, as long as they are on a dark background.  I just recently purchased and started using the RadControls for WinForms.  My computer’s Display Properties are set for an appearance and color scheme of “High Contrast Black”.  This setting work fine in Visual Studio 2008, all the views and property pages show with high contrast white text on a black background with white grid lines when present – I can see everything just fine.  My problem if with the Telerik extensions to Visual Studio where property / design pages open-up with a “Vista” like color theme of a white background and white text – even if the text was black I still could not see it on the bright white background.  Is there any way to re-color the Telerik design pages to follow the windows color scheme?  Or maybe force them to other colors?  My OS is Windows 2003 server.


    Jan 5 2009 Nick responded


    Hi Steve,


    I have checked the current state and you are correct. VSB, Edit UI Elements, and grid Property Builder all override the default settings by using a custom theme. I have logged the issue in our bug system and we are going to address it.



    Have you fixed this yet?  Your product costs a lot of money not to be able to see it is disappointing.

  2. Nick
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    Posted 25 May 2009 Link to this post

    Hi Steve,

    Thank you for contacting us again on this issue.

    This problem is not yet addressed, however we have been working on a mechanism to use the standard Windows themes in our controls, rather than our custom themes. Our hopes are high that we will be able to support the  high contrast windows theme as well. We plan to do some preliminary tests by the end of this week.

    I will contact you back with further information about our progress on Thursday.

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