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Larger font size

Larger font size

Hi,
I have had an increase in the number of people who are asking me if there is a way to change the font size of the text in EMu.
We are doing more long blocks of data entry; or maybe we're just all getting older....
I know that you can change the font size on the PC in general - however while in EMu this increases some tab and prompts sizes the text in fields remain at the tiny 8pt we have - and it distorts the look of EMu and every other program.
Has anyone found someething i'm not aware of?
or perhaps is it something the wider EMu community would like to see looked at by KE?
Many thanks in advance,
Maree

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I only know how to change the font - some of which are bigger than others. No control over the size though.

Mark - NGA

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I've had the same request. we would love to see an option for increasing the font size.
It is particularly difficult to read the small text for fields that are greyed out. For this reason I am reluctant to restrict some fields (for example accession number) that need to be as clear as possible, especially for those of us who suffer from Friday afternoon dyslexia :)
Emma

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For fields that cannot be edited, is it possible to grey the background rather than the text in list view. This would make text easier to read and would match the format used in detail view.
See attachment for a mocked up version of how this might look.
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Emma,
The idea of being able to change the background colour in list view has cropped up with us in London too.
As part of our cleansing strategy we are marking the record status of those records as authoratative as 'Master'.  All other 'duplicate records remain as 'Active'.  Then with a 'Security- Edit' registry setting we make all 'Master' records read-only.  This greys out the text of the row in list view making it easy to identify during the merge process.
The problem is that because it is read-only, it can only be enhanced by administrators.

What we would like to be able to do is set a conditional colour change to either the text or, better still, the background without the need to make the record read-only.

cheers

Dave Smith
Natural History Museum, London

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I want to echo the sentiments for having the ability to change font size, at least for those free text fields that are able to expand with a scroll button on the right  (as opposed to fixed height superfields).  I am trying to input text in various languages in my inscription tab and the size is making it difficult to distinguish between certain Asian characters.

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One more vote for adding the ability to increase font size.  My eyes now have 96 years of experience (combined, that is) and my ability to discern tiny text is not getting any better.

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Hi,
I raised these issues with KE while planning our upgrade to 4.0.02 earlier this year. As part of the upgrade our list view now shows black text and grey background for non editable records (to match the format used in detailed view) and it is much easier to read. I notice this is now part of the release 4.0.03, and you may be enjoying this feature already. Unfortunately for us, when records are selected the text is grey and virtually disappears in the blue background -hopefully this is not the case in version 4.0.03.

KE were not able to provide an option for users to increase font size because it would mean resizing internal dimensions of a control, and adding the necessary code would be to difficult with the current or new screen layouts. It seems that the only way to increase the font size is to either change screen resolution or change system font size. I have changed my Vista 6.0.6002 system font to 120% and unlike Maree's results, all the field text is also increased, and there are no other distortions to the look of EMu or other programs. Everything does appear much larger than I'm used to, and of course less fits onto the screen, but it is definitely an improvement.
Emma

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Hi,

...Turns out I spoke too soon. With larger system font, when a module first opens most fields, icons, and tool bars appear correctly. The exception is the Multimedia tab in all modules which displays with oversized icons that either hide behind other fields, or sit over the top of other fields.

With some further testing and resizing windows, all modules have examples where fields and tool bar buttons are hidden or compacted (See attached pdf).

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Also, field help windows do not display the options 'More', 'Edit', or 'View', and the field help text wraps off the edge of the window. I've changed back to 100% tiny font so I can refer to field help while I'm working in the Registry.

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Unfortunately for us our Display Settings are switched off for normal users, so we require IT department help to change the screen resolution.

I dare not speak on behalf of the developer, but if the platform on which EMu is built is not scalable then there's probably not a lot that can be done about it. A web-based client solution would hopefully resolve this issue.

In the meantime, my mouse - a Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse 3000 - included software to enable an extra button on the left, which by default launchers a magnify tool. As this is an operating system level tool, it doesn't change the rendering of applications - purely magnifies them by about 1.5x. I rarely use it, but comes in handy when showing somethign on screen to a group of people huddled around my screen. Might be worth a shot, as an interim measure?

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