Re: Low-Vision user observation

Hi Bryen,

If you can find the Universal Access icon in the bar at the top of your screen, most of the way to the right, High Contrast is the first option in that menu, and Zoom is the second one.

From the Universal Access control panel (last item in that same menu) you can bring up the Zoom Options pane.  From there, choose the Color Effects tab, and the first effect you can choose is "White on Black", which will apply a system-wide inverse video to your screen.  There are other Color Effects in that pane you might find useful.

There is no independent magnification of the mouse separate from the overall magnification level - the two track each other.  BUT, there is a special Crosshairs setting (another of the tab panels in Zoom settings) where you can configure the magnifier to place a set of crosshairs on the screen indicating the mouse point.  These crosshairs can be the color of your choosing (including translucency), thickness of your choosing, and length of your choosing. They can also stop short of overlapping the mouse to allow you to more easily see the mouse cursor shape.

Many of these options - though not the UI to configure them - were tested as part of the AEGIS end-user pilot testing we did of GNOME Shell Magnifier.  Feedback on the features themselves was very positive.  The end-user UI wasn't finalized until after the pilots, as part of conversations with the GNOME UI team.  I'll let others who were closer to that speak to those details.



On 9/29/2012 12:22 PM, Bryen M Yunashko wrote:
I've just installed 3.6 on my machine, and I'm finding with each
release, the path to configuring my system to be optimal as a low-vision
user is quite painful.   Yes, I see new features, but the ability to get
to them in order to configure them is extremely difficult and getting
more difficult as my vision becomes worse.  

I have no intentions of using this as a thread to bash anyone.  Instead,
I'd like to ask if there's been any kind of low-vision user observation
tracking going on.   Documenting how we use and the steps it takes us to
get from point A to point B?

Some instant examples of some of my challenges when I set up a new

- By default, all apps are in white (or bright) background.  Makes it a
huge challenge to get to gnome-tweak-tool and see where to change an
option to a more comfortable theme.   (By the way, HighContrastInverse
has been dropped from 3.6.  Anyone know why this is?)

- There seems to be no option to scale your mouse cursor to a
comfortable size.  This option existed in GNOME 2.x.  

- I'm very excited about the new features of GNOME magnification, but
can't find where to configure.

- Tweaking fonts is also poses challenge as in some windows, such as
g-t-t or gnome-control-center.

In any case, while some of my examples can obviously be filed as bugs
(and I will be filing them), I think it would be useful to observe a
typical low-vision user walkthrough setup and pull together common
experiences that could further enhance a future release of GNOME for
low-vision accessibility.  Perhaps some surveys or something?  Or does
something already exist and I missed the boat on it?


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