Thankfully at least it seems to be less common that it once was but there are still Android apps that needlessly dictated. I prefer using my tablet in landscape mode. It works better for me that way and it is my device. There are a few apps on there that force me to view them in portrait mode. Garmin Connect is one of them. Garmin’s app though I can sort of understand since it shows a lot of data with charts and graphs and such.
There’s not that much that frustrates me more than having to use stupid apps to do things that could just as easily be done through the website. I just spent I don’t know how long messing with a well known pharmacy’s app to get my prescription delivered. First of all their normal website refused to accept my phone number. I really don’t want to have to go to a pharmacy at this point to not put more vulnerable people at risk if I am a asymptomatic carrier of COVID19
I decided last week After trying to read my old kindle and it was dead again that maybe I should go a head and look into a new one. My old kindle voyage seemed to be going through that battery more quickly and unfortunately a non replaceable battery is normal in almost anything these days. The battery can technically be replaced but I don’t want to deal with that. It just so happens I have in the past few months done some research into whether any kindles have the ability to invert the colors.
For some reason I happened up a website explaining how to enable white text on black background recently. This is something I was always disappointed that the kindle didn’t have and had always hoped they’d implement it someday. This would make reading so much easier and more enjoyable for me. Don’t get me wrong, I do love my kindle paper white already for the most part. The ability to set the font and font size to something that works for my poor visual acuity in itself is a game changer for me and most likely anyone else with a visual impairment.
I’m visually impaired and tend to need to use a monocular to see almost anything from items on the shelves in a store to menus in take out places. Basically I use it dozens of times a day every day. Sadly my old go to Vanguard telescopes seem to be no longer being manufactured. It’s a shame since other than the rubber thing that folds up and down around the eye piece wearing out those things have been awesome for me.
When we still went to the gym, Molly had found and ordered some fairly bright green j cups that would fit the rig. The black ones matched the black rig and had no contrast so I tended to have some trouble re racking by being off center or maybe too low. Those things were a game changer. The gym owner allowed us to leave them there so I could us them when I was there.
I saw an interesting article today comparing dark mode to light mode. It surprisingly to me mentioned users with visual impairments. I’m one of them and it verified at least what works for me. I have cloudy corneas causing me to be legally blind. Growing up using a CCTV to enlarge things really helped me read stuff. The contrast made a difference. Reverse contrast always was easier for me to see and read faster and maybe at a slightly smaller size.
I may have posted about this before but it certainly still seams to apply to this day. Why are restaurant websites so shitty? What does a fancy animated logo add to the website and what do they gain from having a menu system that only works with java script? Then you also have to just love the stupid PDF file food menu. We do go to this place and I do like it a lot but if I hadn’t already been there the website would have turned me off
With my low vision, magnifiers are definitely one of those things I can never have too many of. I prefer small ones I can easily put in my pocket and take wherever I go whether it be in the house or out and about. I’ve used little cheap blue ones that Molly got me for years but over time I’ve lost some of them. I had 5 at one point but I can think of at least two times that one wound up laying in the woods while geocaching.
My old trusty Vanguard DM 8250 telescope finally has the rubber eye cup thing tearing to a point that its becoming harder to see now. These are a mid priced monocular but have worked really well for me. The best one I ever had was the old specwell one I used throughout high school. Eventually it wore out after I’d say 8-10 years of daily use. After that I found another one online and ordered it.
The thing about being visually impaired like I am is magnifying glasses are one thing you can’t have too many of. I’m always on the lookout for new ones to try for a reasonable price. Sure I know they’re not the best quality but for my use that really isn’t all that important. I use them all the time and wind up loosing them or breaking them anyways. One day while searching Amazon I came across the Bausch & Lomb Coddington Magnifier.
Magnifying glasses are for sure one of those items I cannot have enough of. I like little fold able ones I can keep in my pocket and have handy where ever I may be whether it be to look at my GPS while geocaching or read a menu when we’re out to eat. While searching on amazon I came across the Donegan V341-T Triple Folding Pocket Magnifier. These had great magnification and size and were just what I was looking for.
I love my android devices for the fact that I can take them anywhere but I feel that accessibility is lacking. Too many websites push apps on you but the app will have tiny to microscopic text even on a tablet screen with no way to maybe increase the text size. It’s a real shame that no on seems to take this into account. They just care about pushing “pretty” apps that half the time don’t work properly to begin with.
Well I found yet another website for a local restaurant that is pretty much unusable to me and many others. Usually if we’re planning on going someplace I haven’t been I like to look for them online ahead of time to look at their menu if they have a website. For the place we’re going to be going I thought great I found their website. For one thing it’s slow loading and that’s just annoying.
For Christmas I gave Molly an Apple iPod touch 32 GB (4th Generation) I have always personally written apple stuff off for me because of the touch screen. I just didn’t think it would work too well with my very poor vision. As it would turn out My old beloved Creative labs Zen W seems to be dying a slow death so I thought I’d look at Molly’s Izod. After looking up accessibility for it I saw that they had a way to make the text large and reverse contrast which is what suits my needs best.
Amazon’s new kindle 2 looks pretty interesting. I’d consider getting one if I could just see it first. It seems like you can change the text size on it so that might just be the perfect thing for me but I’d like to see it in person too so I can tell whether the contrast is good for me. It also seems to include a feature to read the book to you.
I had read about Google chrome and just had to try it out. I would’ve tried it sooner but I kept forgetting to boot into windows. I always like to try different things. I first tried to use it under wine but that didn’t work out for me. I’ll try again another time. I was disappointed right from the beginning. No menus? No title bar? That really takes away from the usability for me and just isn’t how I prefer things to be.
The other day I stumbled on a website for a pizza place in our town while searching to see if they have a website with a menu. I wanted to see if they had anything new. I always enjoy their food. What was really disappointing was to see that the whole site is just flash. except for a link to the designer’s website of course and what I see as a spammy area of text with keywords for search engine purposes.
I came across a website this morning that I just could not sign up for thanks to CAPTCHAs. It was not a site I needed but just wanted to sign up to check it out so it’s not really important. I know I’ve written about this before but it can’t hurt to mention it again. The text in the picture was so distorted it was hard to read it. To top things off the picture had very poor contrast so it was hard to tell where the text ended and the background color began.
Last Saturday I had to go to an ATM at a fairly new store. The screen on the thing was different the older ones. It seemed to be an LCD or something like that and had lots of glare. You had to look at it from just the right angle but with me not being able to see very well I was too close or something. I had a hard time reading it which was pretty annoying.
The website for Burger King has to be one of the worst that I have come across when it comes to accessibility.
I’ve been seeing sites that use CAPTCHAs that are a series of letters or numbers in an image to log into a site or do other things online. Being visually impaired these make it harder for me to do what I’m trying to do. There have been a few that even enlarging the image didn’t help me be able to read it. Some of them have such poor contrast or are so distorted there’s no way I could read it.