SSIS in VS2012 - Way too hard to distinguish disabled items - accessibility issue - by Greg Low - Australia

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ID 780973 Comments
Status Active Workarounds
Type Bug Repros 10
Opened 3/7/2013 7:22:52 PM
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Description

It's wonderful that the BI projects have migrated to VS2012 shell. However, the flat color scheme that's used in VS2012 really causes issues in visual usage.

As an example, it's very, very difficult to distinguish tasks that are disabled from those that aren't.
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Posted by CraigIW2 on 9/9/2014 at 1:21 AM
This problem is exactly the same in VS 2013. The only way I can tell that a File System Task is disabled is that the text of the item Name is a slightly lighter grey. The icon graphic does not appear to change at all.
Posted by ct5125 on 10/11/2013 at 2:33 AM
In 2010, the icons were in colour for active tasks, and grey scale for disabled. This made it very obvious.
In 2012, the icons are usually black for active tasks, and black for disabled. Some icons (e.g. execute process task) have a tiny amount of colour which is shown when they're enabled. But others (e.g. data flow task) are always black. So the icons can't be used consistently to determine the task status.

Given SSIS is designed to be a graphical development environment, the rationale for simplifying the icons in the rest of VS2012 really doesn't apply to this area.
Posted by Phil Brammer on 3/7/2013 at 7:56 PM
VS 2012 is such a departure from the improvements made in VS 2010, especially for accessibility reasons. Changing the task to show hash marks or some other visual would be an improvement.