Bug 92303 - Highlight color for search results has too little contrast. Not visible in TOC search result and search results in the doc are also not highlighted enough
Summary: Highlight color for search results has too little contrast. Not visible in TO...
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 74134
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: accessibility, needsDevEval, topicUI
Depends on:
Reported: 2015-06-24 12:16 UTC by steve
Modified: 2019-10-25 09:38 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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bad highlight color for search results (6.06 KB, image/jpeg)
2015-06-24 12:16 UTC, steve

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Description steve 2015-06-24 12:16:26 UTC
Created attachment 116792 [details]
bad highlight color for search results

Reproduce: just do a search in writer in a document which has a TOC.

The search results will be highlighted in light blue. Combine that with the grey background of the TOC and this is close to invisible. It a really frustrating UX and very bad UI design.

I find it even difficult to spot the search results in the document (even though that has a white background).

The easy fix is, to enhance the highlight color.

Besides the easy fix, ideally LO would show a yellow marker to the right side of the document to indicate the places at which search results have been found in the doc (analogue to what chromium or other browsers do to allow for quick search navigation and giving the users a fast overview.

Comment 1 steve 2015-06-24 12:20:42 UTC
Forgot: it would also be useful to have the count of search results displayed in the search bar. again, similar to what modern browsers do.
Comment 2 Katarina Behrens (Inactive) 2015-06-24 12:25:19 UTC

(confirmed on Linux, self-made build, no changes to colour schemes)
Comment 3 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2015-06-24 13:29:04 UTC
Well the TOC shading ( Tools > Options > Appearance) is set to a background color of Gray 3 and if this was changed to Gray 1, the highlight would be more visible.

LibreOffice search highlights text with a blue border and light blue transparent filling, so any text with a dark background will have the same problem. In order for this to work on any possible text foreground and background combination, the foreground and background should be inverted with the highlight.
Comment 4 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2015-12-13 11:24:03 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 5 QA Administrators 2017-01-03 19:47:43 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 steve 2017-01-03 21:28:19 UTC Comment hidden (no-value)
Comment 7 QA Administrators 2019-09-18 02:52:49 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete, spam)
Comment 8 Adolfo Jayme Barrientos 2019-10-25 09:38:22 UTC
A live, visible highlight à la Chrome has already been requested in bug 74134.

The current faint selection color is a different issue; see bug 57894 for that.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 74134 ***