Person page - increase contrast
I was surprised and discouraged when the person page was changed permanently without notice and no option to go back to the old view. The new page is not easy on the eyes especially for those of us who are older. I have a suggestion. First, please know that I am on FamilySearch pretty much all day with my full time job and then most of the evening with my own clients and own family history, so having a screen easy on my eyes is important.
My suggestion is to increase the contrast. I noticed you have a feature to do this, but it doesn't really change too much. I analyzed what it is about this new look that is difficult for my eyes and brain and so compared it with your former page and with an ancestry.com tree page. The difference is contrast. If you notice on the ancestry tree page, there are distinct boxes around the people and information with a darker background. I noticed you are trying to do boxes, but there is no contrast really between the "boxes" and the background - it all blends so that everything seems the same color. In addition, at the top of the ancestry page, where the person's name is located, there is a darker box with the name in white. Again, there is a distinct contrast. For some reason, having more contrast on a page seems to help with the eyes and brain processing the information. If there is a way you can increase the contrast on these pages, it would really help so much.
Diane, Whole heartedly agree! Also. the font is different and ever so slight smaller. I don't have eye problems and it is still difficult to see. I messaged them months ago about the difficulty viewing it, and they should take into consideration the elderly of which a big majority have eye problems. I sent a link for eye weart hat they can put on that replicates eye problems. So sad that this new look is going to keep many people from using the program.
It was not without notice. We were all invited to give feedback. I participated in the discussions about the new layout and have been using the New Person Page for months. I "won" some and "lost" some, but the way you can customize the new person page is far superior to the previous version. Because I, and others, advocated for the Life Sketch to stay at the top, they gave us the ability to move it there! (and so can you ...) I also like the ability to put an alert note which anyone going to a particular ancestor will see. The Brief Life History is much more effective than the old life sketch as you can see all the previous versions. You can also add other relationships besides the nuclear family relationships.
Go join the feedback group for the New Person Page. They are still taking feedback. New Person Page — FamilySearch Community8
Paul W ✭✭✭✭✭
Hopefully the team has got the message that improvements relating to both contrast and fonts is essential - especially in order to meet the needs with those with eye problems. I was about to test out the "High Contrast Mode" settings option, then saw I already had it turned-on! The difference is so slight that it hardly matters whether it is on or off.
Take how easy it is on ones eyes looking at posts here in Community - not when typing them, mind you, as you have to "Post Comment" before the white background turns to the easy-on-your-eyes grey.
Oh, and no, Gordon - I don't want to mess around with my monitor's contrast settings just for the sake of one page of one website!3
Julia Szent-Györgyi ✭✭✭✭✭
A comment on the multiple requests to improve/change "the fonts" -- the typeface used on the person page has not changed in at least ten years. I remember the same brouhaha when the now-old interface was introduced; people complained about the font, then, too, and it was pointed out that it was exactly the same as before. (Verdana: a sans-serif font that still allows I and l to be told apart [unlike the font used here in Community].)
As I recall from side-by-side screenshots that Gordon posted, the font size has also largely remained identical to the previous version; it's just the (unfortunately) increased whitespace that's making it seem smaller.3
Paul W ✭✭✭✭✭
Sorry to disagree with you Julia, but the one font size that has definitely been reduced is that for the reason statements shown on the Details page. I already illustrated this before the old page option disappeared. I find it takes me a while before I even notice that text has been added, but do concede that's partly due to my eyesight.
It shows up better here than on the page itself. The font size used to match that used for the vitals data and it's now fainter, too.2
From what I recall from New Person Page Group discussion - the font sizes were discussed a bit. The comparisons there were similar but weren't they just a tad different - or are they really exactly the same?
I sympathize with those wanting font more readable. Even using High Contrast Mode it doesn't change any font weight/size from what I can tell (as Paul mentions) - perhaps in the future it will. My understanding of CSS (not much) should mean that there could be adjustable settings for those requesting increased font weight/readability.
I do agree with Julia the increased whitespace does contribute to the font appearing smaller.0