I type [quote] because I'm too lazy to figure out how the goofy forum buttons work.
I dunno, maybe I'm thinking too logically but if I see arrows on each side pointing in different directions and have the additional feedback of a scrollthingie sitting in the middle, I'm pretty sure I'd figure out how to either hit one of the arrows or grab the scroller. Using the alphabet increases the chances that someone would figure out the beginning was A and the end was Z.
I'm not sure if it helps starting in the middle though, unless the majority of names started with letters there (that would be a great help, instead of having to start at A every page refresh). I'd do user testing to be sure, but I wouldn't stay awake at nights thinking users would never figure out how to find stuff that starts with A.
Though I would really miss the ability to just type my letter and be brought there... I do that in long (usually country-name) selects in forms. I didn't turn on JS to see, but if you could have that keyboard function in there, that would be very cool.
Can you open this? If not, I can send you the 8-bit and 24-bit PNGs.
I could open it in the GIMP, but the problem is indeed a colour profile one, and so the problem appears when viewed as a PNG in a browser (and if I save-as-PNG I won't be saving with whatever settings you save-as). So however you're making your png's is where I'm thinking the issue is.
Gimp specifically adds an empty RGB-labeled header chunk, which is Gimp's way of saying "no colour profile". However, simply the existence of such a header chunk makes Firefox think there really is an RGB colour profile. I have to strip it out just for Firefox*:
pngcrush -rem sRGB origfilename.png newfilename.png
*I noticed Safari has the same issues but in different circumstances. People I asked who used a Mac saw no problems, and Safari-for-Windows had no problems. Safari viewed on a Mac with a non-Apple monitor, though, looked like a toddler on LSD coloured the pages.
If you strip ALL profiles, assuming the background colours were set to the same #colour as the CSS backgrounds, does this fix it?
You might be deliberately using colour profiles, but since all monitors are different etc. I don't see how they can help. http://hsivonen.iki.fi/png-gamma/
Now, those Financial Times graphics that "popup" on mouseover are clean in Safari; previously they were muddy, horrible, and had a distinctive green tint.
No green tint here, so you seem to have fixed it. I did leave the colour "correction" on in my Firefox (Mozilla ships it out as "on" be default) simply to catch myself whenever I forget, or to see the problem on other sites.
When I view sites like this one the whole effect of the Post-It note is gone, seeing's how Firefox makes the background a bright neon green instead of the header green. Because it's a PNG. Strip it of profiles or anything mentioning profiles and it would match like it does everywhere else. (Do you see the green mismatch in your Safari where you're seeing issues with your site?)
PS I love the design of the financial site main page. Looks... architectural and East-Coast and all that. Very cool.