Another idea for Magnification
- From: Richard Powell <gnome-info powell homeip net>
- To: gnome-accessibility-list gnome org
- Subject: Another idea for Magnification
- Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 16:26:31 -0400
I've been using GNOME for almost 10 years now. In 2003 I became legally
blind (visually impaired). Since that time I have had to use a
combination of tricks to allow me to see the screen well enough to use
it. These "tricks" have included low resolution display setting, large
monitors, extremely large font sizing and the use of a hand held magnifier.
I've read through some of the discussions on this mailing list and it
looks like the team members have some ambitious goals. I truly hope
that these goals can and will be met. However, as a visually impaired
GNOME user I know what would make GNOME much easier to use that I don't
believe is nearly as ambitious. Microsoft introduced a feature with
their mice a few years back that has solved my problem entirely on a
Windows machine (which ironically is not as easy to setup for the
visually impaired as GNOME). It's called "Magnify". Unlike Logitech's
"Zoom" feature, which is little more than a button mapping to the text
sizing function of applications such as Mozilla, "Magnify" actually pops
up a magnification window around that mouse cursor. This window can be
adjusted for size and magnification level by simple mouse controls.
What this does for me and the other people that I have introduced to
this, is it allows me to not have to change all my display and font
settings and more importantly I no longer have to hold a magnifier in
one hand while trying to use the computer with my other hand.
I'm not sure what the effort level would be for this kind of task. I do
know however that this feature has been the most useful feature to me
(as a visually impaired person) since the introduction of the mouse
itself. This may be a simpler solution that would solve the same issues
that you are currently wrestling with. It's application independent and
it's extremely flexible to the user.
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