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WINDOWS XP

by andjoha / April 7, 2014 8:01 PM PDT

I am visually impaired. XP allowed me to prescribe fonts type and size and bold type which then applied to drop down menus in all applications of office 2003. I tried to contact MS and request reincorporation of the concept which would spare me the cumbersome irritation of having to utilize the magnifying-option all the time - without success.

I am furiously agitated being forced into a costly upgrade whilst what I have is functioning sufficiently speedy and efficient.

To conclude: The day I am forced to upgrade because XP can no longer fulfill necessary purposes, it will NOT be to a newer version of Windows. I will not be cheated continually.

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Re: XP
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 7, 2014 8:13 PM PDT
In reply to: WINDOWS XP

Not very clear what doesn't work any more:
- specifying the font (font name, size, bold) in a drop down menu in Office 2003 programs running in Windows 7
- specifying the same in Office 2007/2010/2013 running in Windows 7
- specifiying the same for ANY program running in Windows 7

And can you give an example of such a drop down menu?

Kees

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And ...
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 7, 2014 8:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: XP

- can you tell HOW you changed those settings in Office 2003 under Windows XP
- what "costly update" exactly are you objecting against
- why you feel "cheated"

Kees

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This feature is still present
by Jimmy Greystone / April 7, 2014 11:21 PM PDT
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This feature is still present in later versions of Windows. There are, for example, high contrast "themes" for Windows and pretty sure starting with Vista there was a standard feature of a screen reader. You can even still switch off Aero and make the same changes to menus you described (may even work without disabling Aero, never tried myself). You can also increase the scale of what you see on the screen so it's a bit larger in general.

Office, of course, has always been kind of a different story. Microsoft routinely uses Office as a means of testing new UI concepts. Office 2000 introduced flat menus which were all the rage for a time, then they went back to a kind of understated 3D, now I guess with Windows 8 flat is in again. So, whether or not Office will ever honor OS level settings for visually impaired people is basically a crapshoot. Always has been, probably always will be. Of course newer versions of Office, with the ribbon UI, don't really use menus, so could very well be much more friendly to someone with visual impairment. Instead of tiny little icons littering toolbars across the screen, and menu after menu of option, there are big large buttons and the commands that used to be in an endless array of menus are now arranged in tabs... With big large buttons. In general Microsoft has been trying to get rid of menu bars as much as possible, STARTING with your beloved XP.

So, it kind of seems like you're just looking for an excuse to complain, you just stopped when you couldn't find any specific reference to the particular feature you were looking for. You didn't take the time to discover that maybe the feature was made unnecessary because of a fundamental design change. And of course, whether it's right or wrong aside, visually impaired people make up a very tiny segment of the overall customer base for Windows. That they make any concessions at all is likely only because it's a requirement to get government contracts.

If it is that big of a deal to you, you are free to go create your own operating system designed specifically for visually impaired people. Maybe once you have some appreciation for just how much effort goes into even the tiniest of features, you'll be a little bit slower to complain.

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(NT) can you feel the love?
by James Denison / April 8, 2014 1:17 AM PDT
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FYI
by andjoha / April 8, 2014 1:55 AM PDT

I had the local technician in and having understood my problem he eventually advised me to return to XP after being unable to become accustomed or come to terms with W7.

Nevertheless thank you for answering.

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Then it seems
by Jimmy Greystone / April 8, 2014 9:41 AM PDT
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Then it seems you're basically stuck. Either you accept that the world will not adapt to you and you adapt to the world or get left behind by the world.

I'm not trying to sound insensitive or anything, just stating the cold reality of the situation. Based on your own comments, it seems like you are the impediment to using Windows 7 as a replacement for XP. Then again, the skill level of this local technician is an unknown quality and may have been very low. They may not have been aware of things like high contrast themes to Windows or that you can turn off Aero and get the old GDI+ UI back that is exactly the same as used in XP. But your posts do come off as if you're essentially unwilling to make any level of concession and expect Microsoft to cater to you, which isn't going to happen.

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Since Vinux is out, it's really free so no cost?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2014 10:22 AM PDT
In reply to: WINDOWS XP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIvdv9EF1XE covered a recent review.

One of the problems I'm bumping into today is that there is less and less good to great support out there. Well for a price you can get support but folk gotta pay the bills.
Bob
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