Contrast / working in Mindmanager for the visually impaired.

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Because of sight problems, I've recently started using the Windows "contrast" schemes for the visually impaired. This leads to some problems in Mindmanager, which only switches properly: the menu bars etc all switch to the black background / yellow writing of the contrast scheme, but the background of the map stays white. And the text editor background does change to black but the writing remains black, making it illegible.

I like working with Mindmanager, and would love to use it for a project I'm working on. The zoom features etc actually make it quite good for me to work with, but hours and hours in front of a white screen which doesn't switch correctly to the Windows high-contrast setting are putting me off.

Of course I could change the background and text colour in every text box etc - but that would not be beneficial for my non-visually impaired colleagues.

Incidentally the current website colour scheme is equally unfriendly for the visually impaired (grey on white, anyone? Text boxes with no (apparent) line around them?).
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Nick Duffill, Champion

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Could you apply a format template to the map which makes it easier to work with? If all the topics in the map are set to the default style (i.e. not individually customised), then you can apply a new template for editing, and revert to the original style again for use by your colleagues. It only takes a few clicks to change the design template - you do not have to edit every component of the map individually.

If this sounds practical I would be glad to post a prototype template & instructions. I am sure that others will have solved similar issues or may have better design ideas too so you might get some other options.
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Have you looked in Maps for That and Biggerplate to see if anyone has posted a suitably formatted map? You can save the theme for your own use.

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