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Improving the ergonomic readability on laptop screen displays - Tips and Tricks.

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My display settings are mostly the untouched/standard/recommended defaults. I tried to vary "size", but the system won't let me do it - e.g., increase size of everything above the recommended 100% - the setting just snaps back to 100%.
Resolution is 1366 x 768

The system settings I have played about with include:

* The size of text in Title bars (set higher to 12, and made bold).
* Re-ran and checked Clear Type settings.
* Increased the size of fonts in menus. I didn't change actual fonts, though I could have.
The above made a big difference across all/most applications.
I also used the WinaeroTweaker to alter some system settings - on a trial-and-error basis, but I think you can now find the same/similar settings controls via the Settings-->System-->Display panels in Win10 after the Anniversary update.
At one point I tentatively tried out the "scaling" setting and set to 125% (that was the first permitted increment after 100%), but after logging off and on again, I could see in the result why they said it was "not recommended"! It messed about with the readability of most of the applications, and in a bad way.

In CHS, I altered settings to suit - on a trial-and-error basis - via the Options panel.
Eventually, I got things pretty much how I could put up with them, though the blasted pastel colours in the Metro scheme are still very annoying. Bring back rich, solid colours please, and lines between objects so that they are more easily distinguishable. It's visual perception 101.

This is what I'm-a-talkin' about:

Below is a partial screenshot of the incredibly useful [sarc] Slimjet Downloads page (Ctrl+j), which seems to defy the reader to read it. Who knows but that it may be deliberate, an experiment to see how far one can push the user/guinea-pig before he/she/it squeaks?
That might not be as far-fetched as it might sound - I mean, if they will populate the decks of US warships with healthy living beings as guinea-pigs to ostensibly "observe" nuclear bomb tests, then there's apparently no limit to the potential for careless human cynicism.
Actually, I suspect the problem is more fundamentally simple than that though, in that web-page designers and/or programmers generally would seem to be unqualified in (or ignorant of) visual perceptual ergonomics 101 - and there seem to be not a few examples of this.

Actually, I suspect the problem is more fundamentally simple than that though, in that web-page designers and/or programmers generally would seem to be unqualified in (or ignorant of) visual perceptual ergonomics 101 - and there seem to be not a few examples of this.
-IainB (September 05, 2016, 02:55 PM)
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Just to make it clear, I wouldn't put @mouser in that bag. Quite the reverse. For example. after extensive fiddling about with CHS and its GUI controls/options, I have nothing but admiration for his thoughtful and intelligent design - actually, I think his solution to the usually messy task of of column placement, in the CHS Grid is brilliantly executed.   :Thmbsup:
Great idea to make all those choices in the drop-down list draggable objects as well. I don't think I've ever seen that approach used before in quite that way.

To see what I mean, press the little "hamburger" rectangle with horizontal lines/dashes in it, in the top LH corner of the Grid that has the pop-up note "Click here to show/hide/move columns", and play about with it.
EDIT: I've shown a more explanatory example of this in the post below.

The Virtual Folders and Layouts are other very useful ideas from an information management perspective, and not restrictive. On top of that, the ability to fine-tune the fonts/sizes and colours in the GUI (as I have described in a post above) is really nifty, and enabled me to get to a "just right" configuration for my peculiar eyesight. From the perspective of visual perceptual ergonomics, this is very good. Similarly for ScreenshotCaptor, which, though I am not so familiar with all of its workings, seems to be arguably a lot about implementing good visual perceptual ergonomics and a GUI with a good ergonomic interface.   :Thmbsup:

I would argue that the main limitation of using apps like this could sometimes be said to lie in the user's imagination, and to make optimal use of them one needs to experimentally discover what feature suits oneself best.
That could also be said of MS OneNote, incidentally, though that does not score too highly (in my view) for offering a GUI with controls over ergonomic readability (visual perceptual ergonomics).

I mentioned this (about CHS) above, and here's a more explanatory example.
This sort of thing is not only good for helping one to quickly make changes to the GUI to optimise (ergonomic) readability for one's personal needs, but also is ergonomically efficient.

I happened to download for trial Redhaven Outline after reading a review of it at RGdot. It's apparently an outlining tool developed for students, to help them write more structured papers.
I am mentioning Redhaven because it provides an example (see below) of a nifty way to enable the user to modify the font sizes on different sections of the GUI, using preset Hotkeys as font size (bigger/smaller) controls. It is dynamic, in that you can see the fonts changing in size as you press whichever hotkeys are relevant to your needs.
I thought this was ergonomically efficient. The  developer of this app has presumably put some thought into the ergonomic ease/efficiency of the font controls. There are also controls for different colour schemes/backgrounds and which offer more flexibility on the visual perception front, but which seem to be more complicated than the font controls. I'm not sure whether that colour schemes control is a good example though, as I find it over-complicated and a bit rigid in use, but maybe I haven't learned how to use it properly.


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