|Eclipse for people with impaired vision [message #970406]
||Sat, 03 November 2012 23:00
| Valerian Z
Registered: August 2012
Some parts of the Eclipse UI are difficult or impossible for people with certain kinds of vision impairments to use. Among the problems are the size and color schemes used for icons in toolbars and in the rest of the UI.|
Is there any way to:
- Use larger icons?
- Add text to icons?
- Replace icons entirely by text, with control over the font size?
Eclipse provides several different color themes. All of them, though, use at least some low-contrast or low-color-saturation elements that some people can't see very well. Is there an Eclipse option to change the color scheme used by icons, so people with some kinds of color blindness can see distinguish the icons from the background?
Changing the overall screen resolution or color scheme might help make the Eclipse icons more visible, but can also create problems with the UI provided by the operating system and/or other applications.
Although many of the functions invoked via icons can also be invoked via menus, useful functions are sometimes several layers deep, making them harder to find and slower to use. "Slower to use" may seem like a trivial issue until one thinks about the number of times the same navigation may be done during a day, or even a single development session. Is there some option that can be used to reorganize Eclipse's menus, putting the functions needed under particular circumstances in easier to find/reach places?
Most (although not all) modern applications provide better options to assist vision impaired people than Eclipse does.
I've done general web searches; looked though the Eclipse documentation; and searched the project forums. I've found the same question asked by other people, but haven't yet found any good suggestions. If I'm missing something, I'd appreciate ideas or pointers.