Accessibility for the visually challenged
Posted: 11 January 2017 09:43 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I am seeking some way to ease eyestrain on this board and I’m stumped.

As I type I can see the controls that will let me post some or all of my text in a larger font, but you all are still so very tiny. I love my iPad, but it is enough smaller than a desktop or even laptop that I am really struggling.  I cannot imagine trying to read posts on my iPhone.  What am I missing?

It seems that the default is to fit as much text on one line as possible.  Even in a larger font, longer lines are harder to read.

1234567890|1234567890|1234567890|1234567890|1234567890|1234567890|1234567890|1234567890|1234567890|1234567890|

OK, that is 110 characters. On my screen, it made a single line of text in the composition box, with no wrapping. Is it just me? I find it way too easy to lose my place in lines that long. There is a reason newspapers and magazines use columns. I took a course on writing government reports; the instructor encouraged us to limit lines to 40 characters across to make text easier to read without losing one’s place.

Yes, I can pinch to zoom, but that doesn’t affect word wrap so then I have to scroll back and forth.

Those letters are tiny tiny. I have small hands. 10 characters is the width of my pinkie finger.

If there is some obvious way to fix this, I apologize. Let me get down now. It is so unstable up here on this soapbox.

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Posted: 12 January 2017 04:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Unfortunately, at the moment there are limited options. The only real solution is what you’ve been doing, using your browser/device settings to increase font size. But as you note, this results in horizontal scrolling. Increasing the size of the window will allow you to increase the font size to some degree without scrolling, but that only works on a computer, not on a phone or tablet.

A system update and overhaul is long overdue, and any new update will include accommodations for the visually and otherwise challenged, as well as making the site more smartphone friendly. I had hoped to get to it this month, but it looks like I’ll have to do it incrementally over the next few months. (It will probably involve moving to a new hosting service, and I’ll work out the kinks privately over time on the new service before switching the public site over to the new one.)

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Posted: 12 January 2017 11:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks for getting back so quickly. At least I know it’s not just me, and I haven’t overlooked something obvious.

I know you have an awful lot on your plate, Dave, and as far as I can tell you don’t even get paid for this.

I am so grateful for this wonderful platform.

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Posted: 12 January 2017 12:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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You probably know this stuff anyway, uw, and I don’t know if it’s exactly what you need but this page shows several ways to magnify text on an Ipad for easier reading.

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Posted: 12 January 2017 02:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I can’t vouch for it personally, but this Firefox add-on sounds like it could be just what you need (if you use Firefox, or are willing to).

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