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Lindsey* Report 13 Jul 2011 01:44

Yes , now I know what I'm asking for !

Comic sans MS I want to be able to select that as my chosen form of font on here since this is the only site I struggle to read.
{as we get older our eyes let in 30% less light}

If I listed all my ailments, well it would bore everyone but my mouse finger and marbles still work fine.

Come on Phil put your thinking hat on please.


GEORGINA Report 12 Jul 2011 22:37

I'm rather disappointed that GR haven't replied to the question in the 3 days it has been running. Surely they could have said either that they would look into it, or that it was impossible and why. Perhaps I should have addressed it to GR as it was a site technical query.

Thank you to all those people who have also said they have difficulties. I was beginning to think I was the only one in error. By the way, my usage problems are not just hand and eye. I also have to contend with epilepsy and I find larger text of any sort is a help during my 2 hour ration on site, even if I do have to fiddle around with text size. But why should have to declare my problems.

I'm closing now before I fall off my seat.



AnninGlos Report 12 Jul 2011 22:21

Well, put it this way Joy, people use it and we respond. I find it difficult but I wouldn't think of correcting somebody for using it. If GR decided to that is fine but it is not my place to criticise, better that not to post at all.


Joy Report 12 Jul 2011 21:42

"We already accept text speak" - interesting to read that :-)
- I don't; and in digital spy there is this: "To avoid misunderstandings, please don't use 'txt spk'" under the posting tips when replying.


AnninGlos Report 12 Jul 2011 21:30

I am trustee for Gloucestershire Lifestyles our members are disabled people and their carers. Those who are visually impaired find the font Comic sans MS the easiest to read for the newsletter.


Margee Report 12 Jul 2011 21:20

Very well said, AnninGlos! I am often so tempted to correct people's grammar or spelling but I wouldn't dream of doing so. Tolerance is the key word.
Further to Chrissie's post. Those are the 2 letters that I have the most problem with. I can't differentiate between burn and bum but in capitals no problem. BURN and BUM.
And a little argument to InspectorGreenPen. All road signs in mixed text? Certainly not in Canada, In 2 official languages, yes, but always in capitals.


AnninGlos Report 12 Jul 2011 21:10

I agree for those who are visually impaired an enlargement of the page numbers or a 'next/previous page' button would be a good idea.

I think it behoves all of us to be tolerant of the way other people post and read the boards. We never know when we might be in their shoes. We already accept text speak, people who have trouble with words (maybe dyslexic etc), people who have trouble with grammar, we even used to have somebody who was unable to read very well, so maybe it is not too much trouble to not complain about people who need, or feel the need, to write in capital letters. Let us live and let live. Life is short. :-)


chrissiex Report 11 Jul 2011 18:47

I agree with Lindsey the font itself is a problem

I have to type in caps sometimes just to make it clear what I am typing

is this


RN or M ?? :-D

the typeface is too narrow, it should be wider _or_ serif one or the other


Lindsey* Report 11 Jul 2011 14:17

Am I the only oldie to to suffer with the font used here., to me its grey on grey
I call it squinty-spider font ? After a while it can be a real headache .

I don't mind the size but would like a broader font similar to that used on "Member Since " on the left. ?

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom Report 11 Jul 2011 08:54

In addition

I've noticed many people who use all caps either on a regular basis, or on occasion do manage to post in the correct fashion perfectly well. And as said before, manage to read and respond to all the many posts on GR which are not all in upper case.

As people have said before, there are many ways to enlarge text on here. Many free, and some which do come with a cost.

That way makes the site accessible to all, including those who find reading all caps posts difficult :-D

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom Report 11 Jul 2011 08:38


Because text in ALL CAPS is difficult to read by any chance ? :-D :-D :-D

That childish emoticon was given to us by GR. who must deem it non offensive ;-)

The use of caps in the right context is not offensive, but all caps in posts, like it or not IS considered as shouting on the WWW, AND is frowned upon on many forums.
On some forums its not tolerated at all, no matter the reasons for posting in this way.

Some parts of posts all in caps which are directed towards a person (as seen in this thread) do come across as being rude, shouting & aggresive :-0


InspectorGreenPen Report 11 Jul 2011 06:16

The assumption that capitals are easier to read is false. Our brain is much better at interpreting mixed text.

Have you ever wondered why most road signs are in mixed text?


Margee Report 11 Jul 2011 01:37

So let me get this straight. Typing a message in capital letters is considered offensive but using a childish emoticon with its tongue sticking out is not?

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom Report 10 Jul 2011 23:14

If the icon offends you, then request its removal :-(

Regarding you post at 22:19,

I actually find your written tone in the way you are "speaking" to me as aggressive :-0 and speaks volumes regarding netiquette, etiquette. or plain old good manners :-(


GEORGINA Report 10 Jul 2011 22:56

As I have said, the question was ONLY about the size of the PAGE NUMBERS at the top and bottom of the pages.

It was really a technical question for Phil, to find out if it could be done. If they have made space for photos, a little matter like larger page numbers shouldn't be a problem.

I didn't learn netiquette. We learnt proper etiquette. As long as you keep to that you can't go wrong. Poking your tongue out at people indeed. Quite unnecessary.

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom Report 10 Jul 2011 22:44


Actually Georgina, ALL lower case would be wrong (lets not forget caps where the're needed) - but nevertheless lower case is easier to read than all caps ;-)

"At least mine is in proper English."

And whose isn't ? :-P


Joy Report 10 Jul 2011 22:37

I like Sally's suggestion re "a software package that enlarges every thing"; and I quite like this about internet etiquette

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom Report 10 Jul 2011 22:32

"I wonder by whose rules posts in capitals are considered shouting?"

Netiquette rules , :-P

Widely used on the WWW, and widely adhered to on many forums. :-D


GEORGINA Report 10 Jul 2011 22:19

SOMETIMES NEED TO TYPE I N CAPITALS, SOMETIMES I increase the font size, whatever is most comfortable to my eyes. If you increase the font size too much the page is too large for the screen and you have to reduce it anyway to carry on.

Mostly I touch type and check it on screen.

But my question was, although everyone except Margee seems to have ignored it, 'could we have the page numbers enlarged so that it is easier to click on them.'
I had to increase the font size to 170 to do that. It's a nuisance, but you get to manage things..

Detective, thank you, i won't worry about it. but the same people have niggled at me since I joined, HAVEN'T THEY ?


At least mine is in proper English.


Sally Report 10 Jul 2011 21:23

why not buy a software package that enlarges every thing as i do it also speaks as thecurser moves over the words

i use issist cost about £200 there are many to choose from

sally w