Pastels Are Hard To See

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  1. Mamacita

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    If nobody else is having this problem, I'll shut up, but is ANYBODY else having trouble making out what's being said in those cutesy-pie pastel fonts some of you are using for whatever reason?

    I don't read them because I can't see them.

    I know I'm getting old but I didn't know I was going blind.
     
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  3. dizzykates

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    I haven't seen them...I would imagine they are difficult to see however. I wish I could type in a fun color...
     
  4. MissFrizzle

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    yes, they are annoying
     
  5. MrsC

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    It's sort of like trying to read work that kids do in yellow and pale pink gel pens--my old eyes can't read that either.
     
  6. MissWull

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    Haven't seen them, but I love colorful stuff. :)
     
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    Does this color bother yall?
     
  8. MissWull

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    No, I like the colors. I just think they might be too hard to see if they're too light. But people are just being festive, Easter is right around the corner afterall...so pastels are in on the board!
     
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    I've been using this color for some time, way before Easter and Spring came around. :)
     
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    STG you are such a trendsetter! :)
     
  11. lemonhead

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    I mean...

    STG you are such a trendsetter:D
     
  12. MissWull

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    I want to start using a color, it looks much cuter! hehe. I know you have been using a color for a while, smalltown, but I meant the other really pastel-y colors...I remember yours is purple--it's my favorite color!!
     
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    I'm sure this is hard to read. LOL

    I just stick to basic black and whatever default font this is. :)
     
  14. smalltowngal

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    I can't go back to regular black now. I tried and it drove me crazy! LOL
     
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    How do you change your color?
     
  16. MissWull

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    On the quick reply, there is an icon with a capital A that is underlined. Click on that, and it will open a box of lovely colors for you to choose from!
     
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    Oh, now I want to use pretty colors! When people use light colors that my eyes can't see, I just highlight it with my mouse...Then I can see it.
     
  18. Mamacita

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    I'm outnumbered! Go ahead with your glitter pens and pastels and cute things, then; I will just concentrate on the comments I can see.
     
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    I'm with you, Mamacita! I can't see those pastel-colored posts either. I'm not going to strain my poor, old eyes just to see something in a "cute" color.
     
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    This should help as well!!!:p
     
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    :2up::toofunny::rofl:
     
  22. Tasha

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    Yes, some are hard to see! I highlight them to read them as well.
     
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    Ooh, highlighting...good tip!
     
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    What's really hard for me to read is white on a black background. For some reason, after a few seconds, my eyes just can't handle it anymore.
     
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    DOES THIS HELP WITH THE COLORED FONT?!?


    :lol:
     
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    Not only just plain black on white, but a larger font is easier. I usually have my machine set on a 14 size font. I guess that puts me in the minority...
     
  27. Mamacita

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    I'm just not into "cutesy." And I loathe pastels. And I'm apparently going blind. But as I said before, those of you who feel you must express yourselves with pale lavender and pink lettering: glitter on.

    I used to have middle school girls who had several of those pastel neon pens. Every line would be in a different color, and I think this was supposed to make their tests "pretty." Um, right.

    I told them to save it for the lunchroom note-passing frenzy. And after one warning, I made them re-write their paper.

    But that's just me: the old mean strict teacher.
     
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    Mamacita, when I was in MS/HS, there were girls that would do that. Every teacher made them redo the entire assignment. It was also big back in the day to put a heart over every i. That got annoying to read after awhile, I'm sure!
     
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    Occasionally, even at the college level, there will be a younger student who tries to get by with the cutesy colors and babyish fonts. Fortunately, at the higher levels, they don't even get one strike. Some things should be understood, and if they aren't, perhaps someone doesn't belong at that level. I've had fresh-out-of-high-school students try to submit essays written in multi-colored longhand, even though the syllabus expressly forbids it (yes, we actually had to add "no colored ink" because of the younger crowd's passion for it - on PROFESSIONAL PAPERS yet!) and still they try to argue their way out of it by telling us it's their individual style.

    Sorry, 18-year-old students, at the professional level, there are proper and improper ways to present your individual styles. My older students just look at these kids and shake their heads.

    I suppose a message board is exempt from such stodgy matters. That's fine. So many of you are horrified by me anyway; now you know how to write to each other in such a way that you know I won't be reading it anyway.
     
  30. smalltowngal

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    Mama, we love you! You don't require the papers to be typed? Or they just use different colored font? Once I hit college, I don't think I've ever had to turn in a handwritten paper.
     
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    Wow! All this time here, and I never even noticed that I could do things like change the font! Now I will have to play!
     
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    This discussion reminds me of the big trend going around my school right now-colored overlays on top of written words. It has some name, which I can't think of right now. It is supposed to stop words from "wandering" around the page. I think it has merit in some cases, but as a teacher, I know it is a pain remembering that Billy needs a light blue and Bobby has a green and a red together...

    Anyone heard of this?
     
  33. Tasha

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    Yes, but I thought it was going out of fashion for most students. The few students I knew who really used them actually got tinted glasses to use instead - much easier to explain to the rest of the class this way. I do like to use the films on the overhead sometimes though. It really helps with anything printed in a blurry font!
     
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    My dyslexic child uses yellow overlays this year. The girl I had a couple of years ago used pink. I'm always amazed at how much difference just the color can make. A keeps a yellow highlighter at his desk. Sometimes he doesn't want to use the overlay so he uses the highlighter for when he just needs help with a few words.

     
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    All essays, reports, and term papers must be typed, of course, but some of the younger students try to turn in their handwritten homework assignments with the childish colors and glitter.

    I require several handwritten assignments each semester. Handwriting is fast becoming a lost art with some people, and I don't want my students to be in that category. Also, I require a signature on the cover page of each typed essay, and I always check the signature against the handwriting of the homework, which I keep on file. I've caught several cheaters that way.

    Unless I'm looking at a Hallmark card or a birthday invitation or a Valentine, I like everything I read to be nice, clear, plain black on white. Not shiny white, either. Plain paper white.

    Anything else seems very childish or holiday-ish to me.
     
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    I am an early childhood major and I dont think you will find one of us that doesn't like cutsey colorful shiney things
     
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    I worked at the primary level, and I loved doing the cute stuff. I think that's what makes the world go round. We need people who see things in black and white:lol: AND we need people who see things in all the shades in between.
     
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    I understand that there is a huge difference between elementary and secondary "stuff." I love color and drama, too, but I believe there is a time and a place for everything. Lower elementary is a good time and place for fluffy things, but at the secondary and post-secondary levels, it doesn't belong except in the art room.
     
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    Mama, that's a great idea to make them sign their essays. I'm sure the cheaters didn't think they would get caught.
     
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    Mama, if you will left click on any of the pastel writing, you will see the post in white with a dark blue background; that's how I "change" some posts that are very pastel.
    PS - I changed my font to be bold just for you. :angel: :love:
     
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    It cracks me up that this thread has gotten to 4 pages!! hehe. :)
     

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