I am having a really hard time trying to find the best combination of adaptive technology and services to make it easier to work on the computer. I have enough vision to read regular sized print, but prefer to enlarge text so my eyes won’t tire out as quickly.
None of the magnifiers such as ZoomText or Windows Magnfier work very well for me because they only show portions of the screen, then glide around. Not really fast enough for me to find what I need.
I’ve been playing around with High Contrast settings on my Windows 8 laptop. I really like light on dark, because it is easier on my eyes, but then I run into issues with images inverting and with some text not inverting.
Google Chrome has an extension called High Contrast (very creative!). The extension offers several options: invert colors, grayscale, increased contrast, and yellow on black.
High Contrast on Google Chrome works fine on many websites, (like a charm on Google of course), but skews others. I tested all of the options. Facebook especially doesn’t handle it very well. Text gets muddled, and I can’t click on buttons.
The webchat service I use for my chat reference job blanks out. This extension would be really helpful if it worked for this site, because I have to read text quickly.
I don’t know enough about the backend code for the extension to say for sure, but my guess is that the success of the extension depends on the code in the websites themselves. When it inserts the high contrast code, the individual websites decide how they handle it. So, this issue should be addressed when developing websites to browser specifications and to meet accessibility standards.
What Google Chrome extensions do you recommend?