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Color and App certification

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  • Is there a rule about the colors one uses for button symbols and text on pages?

    If I wanted to display say a Volume/Mute button with a red image as opposed to the default white - does that violate any rules that could lead to app certification failure?

    Cap'n

    Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:15 PM

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  • See the App certification requirements for the Windows Store for the official guidelines.

    In general, the appearance of the app should be customized to fit the app's usage. Apps should follow the general design themes, follow the basic app silhouette, etc. but diverge where it makes sense for the specific app. The apps should fit in smoothly with the system design, but it should also be clearly identifiable as itself and be tuned to provide a great user-experience for what the app specifically does.

    You can take a look at what the design docs say about Color when deciding how your app should use color.

    As with any UI color issues, fall back to reasonable defaults when the user is in high contrast mode. You don't want to hard-code red and have it be unreadable.

    --Rob


    Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:32 PM
    Owner

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  • See the App certification requirements for the Windows Store for the official guidelines.

    In general, the appearance of the app should be customized to fit the app's usage. Apps should follow the general design themes, follow the basic app silhouette, etc. but diverge where it makes sense for the specific app. The apps should fit in smoothly with the system design, but it should also be clearly identifiable as itself and be tuned to provide a great user-experience for what the app specifically does.

    You can take a look at what the design docs say about Color when deciding how your app should use color.

    As with any UI color issues, fall back to reasonable defaults when the user is in high contrast mode. You don't want to hard-code red and have it be unreadable.

    --Rob


    Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:32 PM
    Owner
  • See the App certification requirements for the Windows Store for the official guidelines.

    In general, the appearance of the app should be customized to fit the app's usage. Apps should follow the general design themes, follow the basic app silhouette, etc. but diverge where it makes sense for the specific app. The apps should fit in smoothly with the system design, but it should also be clearly identifiable as itself and be tuned to provide a great user-experience for what the app specifically does.

    You can take a look at what the design docs say about Color when deciding how your app should use color.

    As with any UI color issues, fall back to reasonable defaults when the user is in high contrast mode. You don't want to hard-code red and have it be unreadable.

    --Rob


    Thanks - seems there's scope if used sensibly, will read that doc later today Rob.

    Rgds

    Cap'n

    Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:08 PM