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Old 07-17-2006, 12:13 PM   #1
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Default Zoom layouts for low-sighted readers

In 2001, before cataract surgery, I was able to read the web better than any other medium — mainly because at least some sites let me zoom in to super-size the type. By the end of that icky period in my life, I needed letters almost half an inch tall on the screen in order to read. Forget books or, at the end, newspapers or magazines.

If sites were designed in a useful way, I could widen the screen sufficiently to read a few words a line. But many were not; and I still remember my frustration. Fortunately for me, I had cataract surgery on both eyes during February 2002, and those bad days are behind me. But I can still remember.

So far, I haven’t made a zoom page for any site, but do think I probably ought to, so I have been reading up on it. Joe Clark is a staunch proponent of this approach to satisfying low-sight readers. If you’re interested, that’s where you should begin reading:
If you’re wondering how many web surfers have reduced vision, I do not know. (Not sure anyone does.) But I suspect it may be a larger group than the blind — if only because so many of us get cataracts as we age.


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