Accommodating color blind computer users

When I was in first grade, I took a strange test in which I had to identify numbers hidden in a field of small circles.

There are a few video games that I'm unable to play because they require quick sorting of colors that I have difficulty differentiating.

Some of them have special modes for people like me; others just never think about it.

Animesh Tripathi, a 17-year-old high school student in India, is trying to change that.

While other teenagers experimented with poor life choices, Tripathi spent the last two years experimenting with algorithms that allow color schemes online to be adjusted to accommodate the needs of the color blind.

Specific technologies may be referred to as assistive technology.

There are many disabilities or impairments that can be a barrier to effective computer use.

Even as a little kid, my reaction was to laugh it off as ridiculous — I could see colors, all of them. But in college a friend complimented my sweater by saying she liked its shade of green — my sweater.

A girlfriend's gray socks (probably needing a little bleach? That letter was right: I am a mild deutan, with a deficiency of red-green sight (deuteranomaly) that I share with roughly five percent of the male population.

British Rail color lamp signals use more easily identifiable colors: The red is blood red, the amber is yellow and the green is a bluish color.

Most British road traffic lights are mounted vertically on a black rectangle with a white border (forming a "sighting board") and so dichromats can more easily look for the position of the light within the rectangle—top, middle or bottom.

Tripathi is developing an extension to Google Chrome, called Re Color, that would let color blind users adjust colors using settings of their choice.