I guess it was bound to happen. My hair started going grey something like fifteen years ago, and after the early stages of trying to pluck those annoying white strands out of my beard, I shrugged, sighed, and lived with it. I was able to convince myself it was just a cosmetic thing, and besides, it made me look a little distinguished.
But anyway, over the last few years, I’d stopped wearing my old prescription, because the lenses had gotten scratched up, and I hadn’t ever gotten around to having my eyes examined for new ones. But I finally did, and got my new glasses. Bifocals again, for the first time since my teenage years, because my close-up vision has finally started to go. Sigh. But hey, at least I can read again.
Only…now that I can see text more clearly again, it’s led me to realize that not even my glasses can fix everything. I’ve started having to increase the text size to read better. And hey, guess what e-book readers are good at doing?
This has also brought me to notice just how poorly the web as a whole seems to handle print size matters. I’ve gone into Chrome’s preferences and bumped up the font size, and it seems to work well on a number of sites, such as TeleRead—but others don’t play as nice.
For example, look at that writer’s manifesto speech by Joanne Harris I mentioned earlier today. It has three selectable font sizes, even the largest of them is terribly small, and no matter how big I crank the font up to in Chrome’s settings, it remains unchanged. Oh, sure, I can use control and the scroll wheel to scale up the whole page, but when I do that, it affects the scaling of every page I visit, and some of them just don’t work well at larger scales. I wonder whether it will eventually get easier as more and more people get to the point where they need larger fonts to see?
All the more frustrating is that my current day job involves data entry, the fonts on the applications I have to use are teeny-tiny, and there doesn’t seem to be any way to scale them up.
I suppose this is just a natural part of getting older. While I might be glad I can bump font sizes up on e-readers and web browsers now, I expect by the time I’m David’s age I’ll be really glad of it.