Text size / colour
Quick bit of feedback from a dyslexic/dyspraxic user that just downloaded Tabbles. Can the text size be made larger by default? They also described the initial colours as too pale but I explained that these could be modified.
Very interesting feedback!
About text size: did you discover the zoom and the panning functions?
– You can zoom in and out by rolling the mouse wheel, or using the vertical bar standing on the left side of the window.
– You can pan holding the right mouse button and dragging your mouse, or using the four arrows in the top left of the window. The round button between the arrows will bring the view back to a sensible default
Changing the text size is also possible, but we encourage you to try using the zoom/panning functions. The main problem is that since you may have many tabbles visible at any time, finding a text size that fits any situation is hardly possible.
About the colours: please send me a list of categories/colours that you need, and I’ll make sure they look very bright 🙂
I found the panning and navigation okay but the other person didn’t (she’s one of the most IT illiterate people I know but never gives up). I think her point about the text size relates to the indivdual tabbles rather than the categories. I’m using a 22" monitor and by the time the tabble names are in about Arial 12 I can only see about 2-4 categories on the screen. I’ll have a think about education categories over the next couple of days.
Looks promising so far. I posted a question looking for similar tools on a couple of accessibility forums and so far the only suggestion has been to use Microsft OneNote.
both the tabbles and the category fonts can also be customized: you can’t modify them in the software, you have to manually edit an xml file containing the structure of the default database…you don’t wanna do that right now, let me have a list of the categories/colors that you need, and I’ll make the with a larger font.
In the meanwhile, I’d suggest you to check this out: from the main toolbar, click on Tabbles view > Spatial, this mode will allow you to freely move tabbles on the screen. I’d suggest you try this and then you try grouping the tabbles in a way where the tabbles you need more often are in the upper left of the screen: this way you’ll be able to keep them zoomed to a level that looks close to Arial 30 to me, while having at least 12-16 of them confortably on screen. Looking forward to hearing if that word for you.
P.S.: I’m a big fan of Marcus Orlovsky, the founder of http://www.bryanstonsquare.co.uk , do you know him or the company?
My best regards,
That worked well. Just shows what a traditional scroll bar user I am. I really have to get use to the right click and drag option to move the screen around.
Hadn’t heard Bryanston but it looks like they’re completely school focussed whereas I’ve always been in HE. Looks like they’ve worked on some interesting projects.
I’m glad to hear it worked. We are using many new and non-mainstream concepts for the User Interface: not sure if it looks like it but the user interface is the thing we’re spending most of the time on. Also consider that we’re using a new a pretty unexplored technology (Microsoft WPF) wich for the the first enables a developer to design an interface with animations, zoom and panning.
So, don’t get too shocked in finding out you’re very dependent on typical UI-elements as a scrollbar, so is anyone else and we’re aware of that.
Looking forward to help you with your list categories.
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