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Old 09-06-2012, 04:20 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by toka View Post
Hello.

I am investigating, if it is allready possible to
adapt a kindle touch to the needs of handicapped people.

This would be the needs:

A: disable all features except page turning while reading
Currently, while reading, the touch interface interprets long touches with shifts as selection of words. There must be an option to turn this off, waiting for very robust commands to turn forward or back.


B: change overall font sizes to be much bigger,
especially in menues, book title selection

C: switch to landscape mode for booke title selection
and book reading

It seeems to be possible to implement B and C at the moment
but I did not find any efforts to simplify the touch gestures (A).
Does anyone have some insight, whether this could be possible ?
C is already possible by installing JBPatch and the GUI Launcher.

B should not be very difficult either - but it would remain to be seen how usable it is. Suppose that you want a font which is twice as large as the normal one: then there will effectively only be ~1/4th of the "logical" screen real estate available. The menus, book titles etc. might not fit on the screen anymore or be horrible squashed, button text might be truncated etc. So there is an upper "usable" limit for the font size, which remains to be found. Note that this concerns mostly the "OS" user interface; the reader should work ok even with extremely large fonts. See the attached screenshots (the first one shows the home screen in landscape mode; even with the normal font, the last entry is barely seen, and menus, detail screens etc. may also be "cut off" at the bottom).

A should be doable as well, somehow, but will involve more effort.

As TTS has been mentioned: it is already possible to enable TTS on all books usig JBPatch, and there are TTS packages for quite a few languages besides english. Of course, this also (only) goes for the reader application itself; something like a "voice guide" would be extremely hard to implement.

Which kinds of handicap are we talking about? B and C sound like they're meant for people with impaired vision, while A sounds more like a feature for folks with impaired motor skills.

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Originally Posted by toka View Post
Is there a thread, blog post or wiki page collecting needs
of handicapped people and possible solutions ?
Not yet... at least AFAIK. But I guess we now have a thread post
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