I had a community member call in the other night asking me about accessibility features inside of OS X. He specifically wondered about things that may help those of us who have impaired vision and need some extra help to maneuver around our computers with ease.
There are several options built in to OS X that can help you be able to see and manage your experience if you have problems with your eyesight. I know that as my eyes become even weaker over the years, I’m likely to use some of these features myself. I have the ability to zoom in quite a ways, which will come in handy once I can no longer see small objects and text.
You can choose how it zooms in specifically. You can smooth images as you zoom, and have the cursor stay at the center. There are a lot of small things that make the entire experience even better. You also have the ability to change the contrast. Instead of having black on white… you can use white on black. This helps some people who have troubles seeing different types of backgrounds. You can also revert to greyscale, which can help those who are color blind.
These same types of system preferences are available in the iPad, as well. This caller was from the UK, and was disappointed to learn that he couldn’t order one for himself at the time of this recording. However, he was happy to learn that they were coming in the near future.
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