Windows has poorer accessibility for people with low vision
I have macular degeneration, and I use a 29-inch HD monitor with Magnifier on in the inverted color mode to improve readability of documents (all have black text on a white surface). When I use Magnifier to increase a 6 or 8 point a fund to the size of a 16-point font, the result is ragged-looking and hard to read. The Microsoft speech recognition tutorial was hard to use because I had to magnify the readings until their raggedness make it hard to read them. If I am working with a dark-themed website that has small text, I can’t magnify that text without going to settings. Windows 10 gives me the choice of a very low-resolution screen or going in & out of Magnifier. If I use high contrast, the limited color palette hides some web page features (like the triangles that indicate mouse-activation points).
Accessibility for people with low vision was best at Windows 98, when you could customize font family & size, as well as colors of all Windows items (icons, headings, etc) individually. Since then, each new version of Windows has removed some of that flexibility.
As a minimum, low vision user need:
+ a low vision settings group in Accessibility;
+ control of desktop & folder icon label font family & size & color;
+ control of folder content list font family & size & color;
+ control of the font family & color plus minimum size for everything in window;
+ separate hot-keys for magnification & color inversion;
+ the default light/dark app mode needs to control more than Windows;
+ the 'set color' tool needs to work;.
Thanks for your feedback. If the magnified view appears ‘ragged’ this may be due to the of the bitmap smoothing option in magnifier. To change this setting navigate to Settings, then Ease of Access, Magnifier, and then change the status of the Enable Bitmap Smoothing checkbox. When you magnify again the view could appear more clearly. We will forward your feedback to the product team.
To learn about some of the accessibility features in Windows, please check out Windows Accessibility.
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update added a feature called Color Filters, which lets you turn on color inversion and other filters without using Magnifier.
To adjust the size of text, apps, and other items across the operating system, check out the options in Settings > System > Display.
To learn more about coming improvements to Ease of Access in Settings (including accessibility features grouped by categories like “vision”), check out these Windows Insider Blogs:
The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.