The new Windows Magnifier is a long missed tool...For people with low vision it is an indispensable feature! Microsoft finally created a professional screen magnifiers like ZoomText, Lunar or Magic.
The camera captures an image of the printed text and the Reader then converts it into a digital format, which it plays back to the user in a "lifelike" male or female voice. It can also display with different levels of magnification on the device's 4.3-inch 16:9 LCD.
Vision loss can occur at any time, to anyone. Vision loss in the elderly has many causes: Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Cataracts, or Stroke, to name just a few. Diabetes, Retinitis Pigmentosa, or accidents can cause reduced vision in younger adults. Cortical Vision Impairment, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, Albinism and Juvenile Diabetes may cause vision loss in children. This community of poor-sighted readers is a growing population in the U.S. and we are dedicated in educating the print and web design industry about this issue.
Even though large print has been in use almost as long as the existence of the printing press, little has been done to bring large print to its full potential of usability by the low vision user. Printers and web designers need to take into account low-vision readers and produce materials that accomodate this segment of the population.
The Large Print Council (LPC) has developed guidelines for its own use after a thorough study of current research and an examination of existing standards in the industry. It is hoped these guidelines will aid printers, web designers and those producing large print documents to enhance the usefulness of large print for the reader.
Each large print user should have access to: