I guess to some degree I fit in here also, as in my early 40's was forced to wear bifocals not to see, but to read. Can't recall the particular disorder, only that several family members has (or had) the same, all on my mother's side. At any rate, recall from my very young years my grandfather wearing glasses that looked like the ends of a Coke bottle with a crack slightly over half way down, and obviously were so heavy that he had to use a band to keep them in place.
If it weren't for the technology of today, I'd be legally blind. 20/240 in the left eye & 20/280 in the right (w/out glasses) & that's likely worsened, that was 3 years ago. Needless to say, as an early teen, was picked on for wearing 'Coke bottles' myself. Without glasses, everything is a blur. Even then, my vision was 20/180 w/out glasses, and the first ones that I wore gave me bad headaches from the sheer strength alone. My parents (or should I say my sperm/egg donors), waited until I was in late the 7th grade (& a threat by guidance counselors to notify Social Services) before accepting or being force-fed the fact that I needed glasses, despite the fact they were told so when in the 1st grade. Had to sit in the front of the class just to be able to make out what was on the chalk board. Couldn't play certain sports like softball because I couldn't see one coming my way. Was always tired.
All because of an issue that I had no control over, went from a straight A student in the 1st through 3rd grade, to average in the 4th & barely passing the 5th through 7th grade. Came the 8th grade, and though had glasses, was so far behind academic wise, there was little hope, being picked on didn't help matters, I flunked the grade & refused to return to school the next year. Yes, I paid the price for that decision, but is a long story and beyond the scope of the Topic. However, I did later not only get my GED at the age of 16 (the legal equivalent of high school graduate), but passed well above the minimum score. So I scored a huge victory over the the kids who picked on me, by beating them to graduation by well over 2 years, just days past my 16th birthday.
Am getting to the point now to where I likely need new ones, because those my bifocals are no-line, am constantly having to use the upper section of my glasses to read, evidently the lower section, the part to help one read/see fine print, everything's a blur. This makes the 3rd pair of these in 10-11 years, and even though my 20" monitor was less than 2 feet from my face, had to go to a 24" to read print well, like on the forums & email, though that monitor sits in the far corner of my desk, still at just inches from the reach of my hand, should be able to read easily. Yet many times words 'swims', and am having to constantly having to backtrack to correct misspellings.
I agree that with Linux, the fonts could stand improvement. There are Microsoft Fonts that can be added easily, which I have installed on all of my Linux OS's, however this seems to help with LibreOffice and email clients than general Web usage. Haven't tried the option on Linux (I presume a similar setting is there), but one on Windows 7 tried the Magnification app to 125%, the print was too large, in addition to the other penalty, that of not being able to see the Web page as a whole in front of me. On forums, because of the way things are centered, it wasn't an issue, but if on the main MSN homepage (don't laugh), it was one.
Am hoping that native Linux fonts improves & who knows, there may be a well hidden, little discussed area where there are settings to improve readability.
Sure would be a shame to have to jump to a 28' (if exists) or 32" monitor barely an arm lengths away to read comfortably. Have had this 24" since Christmas of 2013 (just 15 months).
Noteworthy to the subject, there has been a few members of forums who has asked me essentially similar questions, by PM, in regards to the Topic subject, over the course of the last 2-3 years. So it's not like this is confined to just a few, there's others that's either silently suffering or has returned to Windows for some Font improvements. Though again, for Office users, there's no need for that.
As stated in the article, don't bother trying to install this through the Software Manager (Linux Mint) or Ubuntu Software Center, it'll just hang. One has to navigate that Terminal & accept the Agreement, though it's very simple to do. Once this command below is copy/paste in the Terminal & your password entered:
sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
You'll come to a page that says <Ok> at the bottom. There are two different ways to move beyond that point, but I'll provide the simplest. Just retype what you see <Ok> (left arrow key, capital O, lowercase k & right arrow key) & press Enter, the next is a screen that's acceptance of the EULA (by default, it may be marked as No, arrow key to Yes), the rest will take place in a minute or so. Some users has reported that the Tab key has to be pressed rather than Enter, I've not had to, on at least 20 installs. Though it took me some time (like 3-4 months) to figure out how to install these Fonts, because there were no plain & simple instructions on this. Seems like it would be a top Google hit, it was more like hitting pages of archives written in some weird code. I'm a Linux user, not a coder, and I have no idea of what <G> & other codes means after posts. It was like 2013, the modern Linux desktop was well established, so I have no idea of why there were many pages in 2012 (in Google Groups) of nothing but code as an answer to a simple question. Why didn't they just encrypt their conversation if they didn't want the page displayed in readable format, was the way I took it.
Edited by cat1092, 20 March 2015 - 04:48 AM.