Special Helps for the Visually Impaired

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Revised - This page has been revised after talking with Costas Stergiou, the programmer for The Word.

I believe that there are two types of people that need help with larger letters.

(1) people who see well but the text appears very small at times (as some texts in Hebrew or Greek, when you are trying to see the diacritical marks).

SOLUTION: The solution for this is very easy. (A temporary magnifying glass just for a few minutes and then back to everything normal). The Word has two icons on the menu bars that magnify and demagnify the text in the module or Bible.



These two icons which increase (green) the text size or reduce it (red) in the current window which applies until you close The Word and reopen it. To restore the text to its default size right click on either of the icons to restore to program defaults. Note that when you change this in The Word, it is persistent, that is, it will remain in this larger font even after you close down the program (as long as you set it and close down The Word correctly).

(2) The other group of people with seeing text are people who are visually impaired. Here it is better to have a permanent increase in the text size. I would personally recommend some of the newer monitors that are really large. I have seen some on sale here in Mexico that are probably 48" diagonally. A normal program on that monitor is easily visible for the visually impaired. The prices here are about $700 which is a lot, but still within reach, and falling every day.)

There is a solution to permanently increase the size of the Bible text. File->Preferences Tab: "Bible Texts". In the column size, you will need to increase it from 0 to +1, +2, +3, etc.

Here before you increase the Bible font this way, you might try to increase the Windows system dpi setting, which will increase everything including the menus. Costas has very carefully made The Word work with this setting for the visually impaired, so try that fix first.

How to increase the Windows system dpi

For Windows Vista - go here to see how. (Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Personalization.) Select Adjust font size (CPI) in the left-side panel. Select a larger scale (120 DPI). Reboot.

In Windows XP, right click on the desktop and select Properties from the context menu. Select Settings tab in the Display Properties window. Click on the Advanced button. Then change the DPI from the dropdown list. Change your DPI setting to 120 (or more depending on your situation) so that small text will be more readable. Reboot the computer for the settings to take effect.

If there are other particular needs of the visually impaired, please write Costas, the developer of the program, and he will probably do what he can to help you.


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