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Solitaire for visually impaired


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#1 millipede

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 02:57 PM

I THINK this is the best spot for this.  It isn't a "gaming" topic.
My wife works for a company that helps the elderly in their homes.  This guy she works for, for the past few years now, is 94 and his hearing and eyesight are BAD...  He has an enlarger thing where he can put a newspaper on it and it becomes REALLY magnified so he can read it.  He doesn't have much to do with his time... he is in a scooter all day long and just doesn't get to get out much.  He enjoys playing solitaire, it's something to pass the time.  (he calls it solitary, I don't know if he's joking, we think he just calls it the wrong thing but nobody corrects him)
He enjoys the game but has had trouble seeing it over the years and its getting worse I'm afraid.  He used to have windows vista, then windows 7, and people tried hard to get it so he could see the characters on the cards.  But now he's on windows 10 and nobody is having much luck finding a way to make it easy for him to see. 
I don't know exactly what to look for, and I don't get over there very often to poke around with it. 

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions...
Either some windows 10 settings that could be tweaked that would affect the way the numbers and letters display on the cards... OR, even a particular solitaire app/download that he might try that might be better.
From what I understand, his family has tried to change the settings on the computer for him with little luck...  And currently, instead of a monitor he's got a 28 or 32" tv on the desk...  it's STILL hard to see.
I think he gets depressed having little to do all day.  It would be great if we could find a way to make this simple game more playable for him.



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Posted 18 January 2016 - 09:15 PM

Use Magnifier (in the Ease of Access center)


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Posted 18 January 2016 - 09:53 PM

millipede,

 

           This is a fairly difficult question to answer without knowing what this gentleman can and cannot see.  Usasma's recommendation is a good one if he is capable of handling "pan and scan" to find the card or cards he's trying to see, but I've found that pan and scan is often extremely difficult for clients to get the hang of, particularly the non-tech-oriented.

 

           If someone has larger flat screen TVs that you could borrow, and the computer he's using has HDMI output, you could experiment with larger screen sizes to see if you can reach a point where it's easy for him to see without having to use any magnification via Magnifier.  It's often far less expensive, and far less frustrating, to increase the screen size such that the whole screen is still visible, but enlarged, than using magnification software.

 

           Trial and error to find what works for the individual in question is most often required.  There is no "one size fits all" solution (no pun intended).


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Posted 19 January 2016 - 06:11 AM

FYI - I am visually impaired and I sit about 18" from my 32" monitor (set at 800x600) and it works well for me.

 

Other options are setting the defaults for the display to the largest possible sizes.

 

How about the reversed color mode (High Contrast mode)?  That helped me when my cataracts got really bad.

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