Closed Bug 14589 Opened 21 years ago Closed 21 years ago

Current menu colors too close to default bgcolor


(SeaMonkey :: General, enhancement, P4)



(Not tracked)



(Reporter: cpratt, Assigned: german)


Build ID: 1999092208
Platform: all

This is a request for enhancement. In the new look and feel introduced in
today's build, the color of the menus is white - which is also (I believe) the
most common bgcolor used on Web pages. Often, dropping down menus is
disorienting as they seem to flow into the page you're currently vieweing, with
only a hairline grey border to visually divide menu from page. The previous
color (a slate blue?) seemed to work much better. Thanks.
Assignee: shuang → german
Priority: P3 → P4
Target Milestone: M18
I talked to german and he said it was designed this way. I would like to see the
user feedback so later we can tell whether we need to change it back to some
color background. Leave the bug open but move to later milestone as part of the
UI polish process.
cpratt, please add comments about the color if you hear from other sources.
shuang, I'll add comments about the color if I hear them from other sources...

Once again, what is the rationale behind this seemingly arbitrary design
decision? Both Windows and the Mac OS have menus that are distinct in color from
the default color of a browser window, word processing document, etc.; they are
usually grey to set them apart visually. Given that nearly all computer users
are used to that, why do something this radically different?
QA Contact: claudius → cpratt
Would it be true to say that CSS has no system menu colour?
Closed: 21 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
To answer Chris questions we will do a lot more thinks that are 'radically'
different as part of the Netscape look and Feel. Just being a follower will
not help us get anywhere.
We have to look forward not backward, and this new environment will be very
un-software like in many aspects. The new look and feel skin, according to and
sanctioned by our exec staff and the overall Netscape direction, will be as
innovative and as exciting as the iMac was for the consumer hardware world. We
will make sure that usability will not only be not sacrificed, but will even
be enhanced over current version.
Although I strongly disagree with this direction, I do understand that this is
the direction that's being taken by AOL/Netscape; it'll be interesting to see
how customers react to these changes. Thanks for the explanation, German;
marking verified.
Moving all UE/UI bugs to new component: User Interface: Design Feedback
UE/UI component will be deleted.
Component: UE/UI → User Interface: Design Feedback
Component: User Interface Design → Browser-General
Product: Browser → Seamonkey
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