Need Bigger Words!!

March 30, 2010 at 2:26 pm 6 comments

Part 1

Stop squinting at that page!

Most of my readers are starting to get their feet wet using computers. Being a cat, I completely understand about the discomfort of getting wet feet.

Since most people new to computers are grandparents, they can have a hard time reading the small text that seems to run rampant on all internet pages (this page included).

Let’s first take a look at Internet browsers and then a stroll back in computer history to see why today’s print on the Internet is so darn small.

WHAT IS A BROWSER? Anybody who’s laughing at this question can just leave.  There are no stupid questions when it comes to computers, and my human has been asked this question so many times when she does training, I bet there’s a lot more people in the world who want to know too.

WHY DO THEY MAKE IT SO SMALL IN THE FIRST PLACE? When the Internet stopped being a nerdy, text-based tool for engineers and became more people-friendly with graphics,  web pages were designed for monitors that were were about only 12” to 14” diagonal, and had 800 x 600 dpi (or dots per inch) resolutions.

Today’s bigger widescreen monitors  and laptops have resolutions up to 1680 x 1050 dots per inch.  These larger resolutions make graphics much sharper—and makes the text that you could easily read at 800 x 600 now appear much, much smaller.

Most web pages are made by using some sort of canned software program, so many web designers don’t think about manually tweaking things like the text size.  And there is no international law to make everybody to keep text at a certain size. But you don’t need to be at the mercy of the web designer.

Next :   “How Do I Make Things Bigger?”

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  • 1. Joan Boutwell  |  August 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I would like to make my default font larger in the email I send. I can do it one time, but when I come back to it I have to do it again. How do I make it bigger. The font size on screen is fine.

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    • 2. cc  |  August 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

      Meow and Hello, Joan!

      Setting your e-mail font size depends on what you use to send out e-mail.
      Some people use “gMail”, others use “Yahoo”, AOL’s login page, or Outlook.

      Just tell me what you use to send e-mail and I’ll be able to guide you
      through, okay?

      — “cc”, The Computer Cat

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    • 3. cc  |  August 20, 2010 at 7:46 pm

      Meow again, Joan. If you’re using the free mail version of AOL (http://mail.aol.com), to make your fonts bigger when sending e-mail here’s what you do:
      1) In the top gray area where you see the “AIM.Mail” logo, look to the right and select Settings (it’s between “themes” and “help”).
      2) Now that you’re in the Settings page, in the left column select Compose.
      3) In the Compose page, go to the Rich Text/HTML area. There, you can change not only the size but the type and color of the font.

      Hope this helps you, Joan!
      — cc

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