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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

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


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. ?


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


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. :-)


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 21:30

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.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid 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 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.


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.



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.