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Postby JERRY L DAVIS » Sat May 12, 2007 2:38 pm

:D Okay people, here is my situation.

I went to windows about 20 years ago screaming and kicking!

I am very happy to see linux. However I have a major problem now which is my eye sight.

To give you an idea what I need from linux please to the following if you have Windows XP.
1. Right click on the desktop and go to options.
2. Set the drop down menu to “Windows Classicâ€￾.
3. Then click on “Appearanceâ€￾.
4. Make Sure the first dropdown menu is still set to “Windows Classicâ€￾
5. Then click on the “Colorsâ€￾ dropdown menu and set it to “High Contrast #1â€￾
6. Click “Applyâ€￾ and close window.
7. Now go to “internet Explorerâ€￾
8. Go to “Toolsâ€￾ and choose “Internet Optionsâ€￾
9. Then click “colorsâ€￾ tab at bottom left.
10. Then uncheck “use Windows colorsâ€￾ and set “textâ€￾, visited, and unvisited to white.
11. Set background to black and click “OKâ€￾.
12. Now click on the “Accessibilityâ€￾ button.
13. Then under “Formattingâ€￾ check all three boxes and then click on “OKâ€￾.
14. Finally click on “OKâ€￾ to close window.

Now you have your computer set up for my vision needs.
The only thing you do not have is “ZoomTextâ€￾. This program allows me to enlarge the screen as well as gives me a verbal read out of the screen. It also has a document reader which will read a whole document to me as well as read a document as I type it (as it is doing right now as I write this posting).

If you know how to set linux up for these screen setting please let me know. If you know of a program that will at least allow me to enlarge the screen please let me know.

I have another computer and if I can get Linux up and running so I can use it this other computer will be Linux ONLY!!!

I am not a gamer so I do not care if needed
settings adversly effect gamming screens.

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Postby NiksaVel » Sat May 12, 2007 3:36 pm

Both Gnome and KDE feature Highcontrast icons and settings... not sure what the other options do since I am not near a windwos computer...

I know Beryl has a built in zoom-in feature that will probably help you...
Windows is extremely fast after a fresh install. If you want to make it stay that way: - don't use it.

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Postby scorp123 » Sat May 12, 2007 3:48 pm

The color schemes is just a matter of defining stuff the way you like. I am not 100% sure about this, but I think both in KDE and GNOME there are pre-defined colour schemes that would meet your high-contrast requirements. Even if they're not there, it's not so hard to define your own font sizes and your own color schemes.

As for text-to-speech ... There are apps such as festival that serve as back-engine for text-to-speech processing. And there are various extra apps for KDE such as ksayit and kmouth which will then serve as client and then read aloud (in English) what's being displayed. Similar programs should also exist for GNOME.

Beryl has a very useful zoom feature ... But setting up might be a bit difficult. There are other (less spectacular) tools that will serve a similar purpose.

Sorry, that's all I know about these things.

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Postby nick » Sat May 12, 2007 4:15 pm

Festival, if installed fits into Konqueror,
and if you goto Konqueror/tools/speak text, it will read a web page.
Konqueror also has "magnifiers" incorported into toolbar,
In Firefox CTRL+ magnifies text, and CTRL- decreases text size.
I cannot test your style as I do not have windows, but I use KDE

In the Styles in Control Centre in KDE there is a
High Contrast style, and you can set your fonts as large as you require


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Postby Boo » Sat May 12, 2007 8:59 pm

so i'm having a play around now on bianca (gnome).

assistive technologies should be turned on in mint menu.

mintmenu --> control center--> desktop --> assistive technology preferences.

tick enable assistive technologies.
then you can setup screenreader and magnifier. tick enable at login.
close and logout, then login.

in control center click on theme.
half way down there are 4 high contrast themes.
you might want the 2nd one high contrast inverse or the 4th high contrast large print inverse.
apply the font.

close control center.

now firefox.
open firefox.
edit menu --> preferences.
content tab: font and colors, click on text
set text to white and background to black, set visited and unvisited links to white.
untick allow pages to choose own colors...

close all and login again.

hope this helps.

Now where was i going? Oh yes, crazy!

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Postby Boo » Sat May 12, 2007 9:11 pm

after some use i would not use the theme high contrast large font as it screws up your menus.

i would not turn on the magnifier at first as it seems strange (might be just me), it turns half of the screen into the magnified side. you seem to lose half of your desktop.

firefox looks good so far. you may need a different font or a bigger one.

well it is all about what you prefer.

once you work it all out you could post how you did it in tips and tricks area.

Now where was i going? Oh yes, crazy!

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