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Old 12-20-2007, 01:33 AM   #1
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Linux accessibility

Hi, im visually impaired and cant use a computer without a screen magnifier like zoomtext, here is a demonstration of the software if interested. www[/url]

Anyway i'm curious if any of you here know much about fullscreen magnifiers like zoomtext in linux and which distro would be most appropriate. I have read some information about assistant technology for linux, but this is mostly targeted to people who are totally blind or about projects that are a few years old. I have heard about a zoom function in the compiz-fusion and looked at a youtube video but i cant tell if it has any font smoothing or if any colour enhancements are available.

Anyone think they can help?

Old 12-20-2007, 04:01 AM   #2
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I know that gnome has special high contrast themes, also in Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) compiz fusion is enable by default (when you have the right video card!), there is a zoom function there which works very nice, I use it holding the windows key and then scrolling with the mouse to zoom in and out. The screen automatically moves with the mouse so you can work like that quite comfortably actually.

Good luck and don't hesitate to ask more although I'm not a specialist...

edit: You can also set in the pointer option menu that pressing alt highlights the pointer so it is easier to find.

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