More possibilities for the Alma Color Theme
In the new UI, libraries can manage branding in Alma by selecting one of 6 basic colors (blue, purple, red, green, brown, orange). This configuration can only be made by a General administrator and is valid for all Alma users. We would like:
- a larger variety of colors (proposing the 216 web-safe colors would be fine);
- the possibility for any user to define their own Color Theme: color experience may be very different from one individual to another and giving everyone the possibility the use a convenient color would be appreciated.
Alma team has decided to provide the ability to choose a color scheme by the user.
The user will be able to change the color scheme via the UI preference menu based on institution policy. The institution’s administrator will be able via “Alma Logo and Color Scheme” to enable or disable users to choose a color scheme. Also, there will be a special option for the administrator to provide the ability for a specific user to choose a color scheme via the user details screen. Another improvement Alma team plans to provide is a high contrast color scheme each user will be able to choose regardless of institution policy
Fran Abbs commented
Hi, I'd like to echo François's comment in response to this idea being marked as "Completed". It is not possible to set colour themes for individual Alma users and we would very much like this to be possible. In particular, the colours in the new Metadata Editor interface are causing issues for colleagues and we would like to be able to customise them to suit.
Please advise if a new Idea must be submitted to re-open this issue. Thanks
Thanks for the update!
If I'm not mistaken, the new colors with the January 2020 release are still at the institutional level. So, there is no possibility (or not yet?) for staff user to define their own Color Theme, which is important in terms of Accessibility since color experience may be very different from one individual to another.
Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Josh Welker commented
Can Ex Libris provide details on what is being planned exactly? Is it a larger list of colors or something broader like the ability to upload custom CSS?
Manu Schwendener commented
Stacey van Groll commented
I'm not sure if this is what you're thinking, but Admins can change Alma colouring from the out of the box blue to one of several different options.
It does change it for the whole institution though, and some staff might object to some of the stronger colours such as red, as it's quite bold.
Add more color.
We agree with Adam.
Adam Zaby commented
An additional thought in this direction: the ability to choose different colors depending on your library location selection. We have an army of student workers who move between circulation desks at our different campus libraries. If they don't remember to toggle their location each time they move, then we end up sending lots of materials in transit. Review and clean-up of these transit items has become a daily task for us. A visual reminder like a green vs. blue screen would be a huge help.
Thanks for sharing, Guy! Hopefully a source of inspiration for Ex Libris teams.
Guy Shahaf commented
The Chrome extension 'AlmaTechPlus' was updated to enable color per environment.
I use purple for production and gray for SandBox.
Thanks a lot François for the valid comment. Any other comments or suggestions will be welcome.
Thanks a lot for sharing, Guy!! I'm sure it can be already useful to many of us. It is indeed easy to use for Chrome users. I hope it will be a source of inspiration for the Alma management team and developers.
I have noticed the plugin is active for both Production and Sandbox environments and that the selected preferred color scheme is automatically applied to both. Personally, I like keeping separate colors for prod and Sandbox.
Have a nice day!
Guy Shahaf commented
In the Technion, we developed a Chrome extension to address this issue.
With the UI color change feature you can choose the color you like. Try it! You can always reset it back to your institution color.
[Deleted User] commented
I agree with all previous comments. **** should be accessible for all users.
We would specifically like to see the options for an individual to choose their own colours, and for this to also include the option to alter the font colour.
In particular some users have difficulty seeing the blue text against grey background (e.g. when selecting Institution/Community tab after a search). This colour doesn't change when the overall colour is altered.
It's important for Alma to be accessible to all staff and having a range of colours to choose from is a move in the direction.
Sandi Parks commented
I would appreciate being able to select font and colour as an individual preference.
Perhaps there could also be a bit more outline definition when in the various boxes for information or data input - its all a bit samey - this necessitates reading everything to be sure
Fiona Bowtell commented
A larger range of colours would be very helpful. Some of the text is very difficult to see at present.
Galen Jones commented
Re. accessibility - the font colour is sometimes a problem also (e.g. the faint grey text for 'No records found'). If colour themes could include font colours also that would be welcomed!
color is a great idea
Mike Rogers commented
Good idea François! While we like the "extended" color options with Nov. 2017 release, we'd really like to see this taken further to allow for the 216 web-safe colors.