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 Recommended theme for TheWord 
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Post Recommended theme for TheWord
Hello again.

I have discovered that, as I do more and more reading on the computer screen, whatever I can do to reduce eye strain becomes all the more important. This became especially apparent to me on my smart phone, during the past one year that I have used one, as the screen was even smaller, and the problem of eye strain, more serious. As I searched, I discovered that, the higher the contrast, the more legible the screen elements became, and that, to reduce eye strain itself, it was preferable to use light-colored text on a dark-colored background, in a way comparable to the way that DOS worked on old CRT monitors.

Notwithstanding, the high-contrast layouts for the Operating System that Windows offers for the handicapped, is an extreme example, perhaps even an exaggeration, in terms of my own needs, as it goes so far as to reduce the functionality of some programs, making certain screen elements nearly invisible, for example, or changing the color scheme completely. While I agree that function is more important than form, I think that those high-contrast layouts are only useful for people who really have no other choice. Moreover, readjusting the screen from a high-contrast format to a normal format, and back again, can sometimes take over three minutes each way, so it is preferable for each program to offer its own solution, rather than to depend on the OS (until Windows comes up with a less-extreme layout of its own.)

I have come to the point where I can usually find a nice dark-theme for nearly any program or any app, including for Firefox (e.g. "Dark Background and Light Text") and even Samsung offers some modest higher-contrast themes for its Android format. MySword offers a beautiful dark theme that makes reading the Bible very easy on the eyes (see screenshot below). Some programs come close, using "light gray" text on a "dark gray" background, but the idea is to have as much contrast as possible; consequently "white" text on a "black" background is the ideal combination, not for the icons and other elements but for the text that is to be read.

I have been trying to find a similar theme for TheWord, but none seems to be available among the "skins" offered. The ones called "Eos" and "Elements" are close, but the bookview windows do not seem to conform to their respective color schemes, while certain icons and other screen elements retain their original colors to the point that they become hard to see. (See screenshot below)

I am writing today to propose a very simple "skin" to add to your collection. In this case, it would not be for the sake of personal preferences but for the sake of practicality; for reducing eye strain while increasing to a small degree, legibility (especially for those of us who have less-than-perfect vision, but who are not yet handicapped.)

1. One possibility (which may be rather easy to implement) is simply to add the option of "inverting" whatever color scheme the user selects. That way he can choose the brightest theme and then immediately convert it into a dark one. He could perhaps come up with lots of interesting possibilities. (See screenshot of the "theword default theme" inverted with color retained.)

2. If it is not possible to invert any skin with one click, perhaps you could just choose one of them, and invert it yourself as the only dark theme offered.

3. Another possibility is to offer such an inverted scheme, but then to convert it into black-and-white or grayscale, similar to the "materiel" themes used on some programs. (see screenshot).

While any of these options would not be colorful, they would at least be useful to those of us who prefer function to form.

When in doubt, please read the captions above each screenshot below.


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File comment: MySword for Android: "Dark Holographic Theme" using the "Arvo" font (downloaded separately from within the app as part of a font package)
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File comment: a grayscale possibility, based on an inverse image of the skin called "theword default theme", but converted to "grayscale" and then darkened a bit. I think that this is only the second-best option, because it removes all color. (By the way, the Bookview and Bibleview font used is "BellGothic BT")
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File comment: a simple "inverse" of the "theword default theme". This is the option that I recommend most. (By the way, the Bookview and Bibleview font used is "BellGothic BT")
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Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:33 am
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Post Re: Recommended theme for TheWord
The "default" skin is beautiful, but its brightness begins to take its toll on the eyes after many hours of daily reading.

For those of you who have not experimented with different skins, the only "dark themes" that TheWord offers are EOS and ELEMENTS, I believe. Notice (far below) how inconsistent the color scheme is in each. The window background colors must be adjusted manually, if anything, but then the text color must also be adjusted manually to accommodate the new background color (e.g., if you change the background color to dark gray, you must then change the color of all text to white, in order to make it legible) In other words, the theme does not consistently make the changes necessary to make the overall theme useful with any window that happens to pop open. Additionally, some of the icons retain colors that do not make a nice contrast against this dark background, making them even less visible than in the normal, default theme.

Developing skins must be a lot of work, especially when the only benefit is to suit the personal preferences of the user. I am not a proponent of creating lots of color schemes only to make the program colorful, particularly when the programmer already has lots of functional improvements on his agenda. However, keep in mind that, in this case, what I am proposing is not an aesthetic improvement but a practical one.


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File comment: This is the default color theme (skin). Beautiful, but hard on the eyes, after many hours of reading daily.
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File comment: This is the EOS skin.
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File comment: This is the ELEMENTS skin
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Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:41 am
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Post Re: Recommended theme for TheWord
To make matters worse, even by applying the Windows Vista "Ease of Access" option of using an inverted, high-contrast display for the entire interface and every program within it, TheWord still does not comply, producing a hybrid-sort of color scheme.

(Unless I did something wrong)

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I'm an Independent Baptist running TheWord portable v 5.0.0.1481 from an external 500GB hard drive with over 1,900 modules installed and loaded in my current module set. I'm using 32-bit Vista Ultimate SP1 with a 2.7gHz processor and 4GB RAM.
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