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Mint-Y: Low contrast #198
A common complaint is that Mint-Y lacks contrast.
If we look at the anatomy of a typical window, we currently have 3 shades of grey for the background colors:
And 5 shades of grey for the text and widgets on top:
Comparison with other themes
A vast majority of themes use similar values for text and background.
As illustrated above both Ubuntu and Elementary use a colour lighter than #303030 on top of #FFFFFF.
It's also a very common trend online for websites to use something lighter than #202020.
#000000 can look quite hard on the eyes in comparison.
Suggestion 1 (Accepted)
The titlebar buttons look quite pale and can certainly be darkened. They're currently at #909090, compared to #454545 for the window title.
Decision: Buttons should be darkened.
Suggestion 2 (Rejected)
We could unify the 5 shades of grey used for text/foreground.
Before (5 shades of grey):
After (with everything set to #202020):
With suggestion 1 done as well (titlebar buttons darkened to #202020):
Experiment with different colors for the different elements, both backgrounds and foregrounds.
The following changes were implemented: