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Re: Why are Palm fonts so ugly?

  • Subject: Re: Why are Palm fonts so ugly?
  • From: Daniel James <wastebasket@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 01 May 2006 19:30:02 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.sys.palmtops.pilot
  • Organization: A usenet user
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In article news:<4465461.OYZe5Nj00R@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> I didn't intend to sound narrow-minded.

You didn't. I broadly agree with the points you made.

> To increase font size in basic PIM (all of the constituent part, I
> presume), one can tap the menu, go to Options -> Font.. -> then
> increase it as desired. There are 4 fonts available in 'out of the
> box' Palm OS 4.

That's true, but it doesn't address the point I was making -- for several 

1. It only affect the font for *some* of the text in the application. e.g. 
in DateBook it affects the size of entry text in the day view, but doesn't 
affect the font used for the times at the left side of the screen, doesn't 
affect the fonts used in the week and month views, doesn't affect the font 
used in the "New Event" dialog, or the select date dialog, or note entry... 

2. It's tricky to do, tapping "Menu", "Options", and "Font", when one can't 
read the display because one isn't wearing ones glasses!

3. It has to be set (and unset again) separately for each application. It's 
not a global setting.

4. It only applies to fonts/text. It doesn't enable the appearance of 
graphical elements of the display to be resized.

What I intended to sugest was that it would be nice to be able to zoom (and 
scroll) the whole display image for the benefit of those with failing 
eyesight. The old Psion 32-bit PDAs had a system-wide display zoom control 
(accessed via a couple of silk-screened buttons on the touch-sensitive 
screen area) that was honoured by just about every application for which it 
made sense.

> In Docs2Go, on the other hand, there also exists an option for taking full
> advantage of the screen resolution. The fonts may be tiny, but it can
> sometimes be perceived as a beneficial thing, as long as the option does
> exist.

Yes, that's useful. Sheet2Go in "small" mode is very readable on my 
Tungsten|T *IF* I have my glasses on. "Large" mode isn't big enough for me 
to be able to read it easily (at arms length, maybe) without my glasses, 

> Palm OS does not cater for this.

Yup. That's my point. One for the wishlist.


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