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Cynthia
is there a way you can have all the text on your site increased and made darker? I have such a hard time finding my way around and a lot of the issue is the tiny text and the fact that it is so light. Can you change the text to black, even if you canít enlarge it? Enlarging it can cause formatting issues, I realize that, so maybe try just making the text black, and think about enlarging it later? 

I know it looks pretty and comforting the way it is, but I canít read it without having to enlarge my iPad screen with my fingers all the time. It is not practical.

I am having a hard time starting the course and I know one issue is the difficulty in seeing what is on the pages. The other is that there is so much thrown out at once and I am trying to break it down, leads me back to the text issue.

I have not been able to find a violin teacher where I am, so I am relying on this course.

Thank you for listening.

Cynthia
Cynthia
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Posted: October 11, 2018
Last Comment: October 12, 2018
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Beth Blackerby
Posted: October 12, 2018
Hi Cynthia, I'm the first to acknowledge how awful the mobile version of Violin Lab is. I'm redesigning the site and one of the many new goals is to improve the user interface for devices. I apologize for the headache. I hope you'll be able to find a solution in the mean time. My advice is to load up your queue on a laptop so don't have to bother with the search or the long list of videos on our iPad.

Cynthia
Posted: October 12, 2018
Mike, I am using an iPad Air and am usimg my fingers to enlarge, and then moving the page around so I can read it. I need to change some tables around so I have room and can use my laptop, or just keep doing what I am doing. My table is too small for the laptop. I think someone said it does look better on a regular computer. Will figure it put tomorrow.

Thanks for responding. Very kind of you.

Mike
Posted: October 12, 2018
I'm just a new member here and not affiliated with the site. 

Does zooming your browser help at all? If you're not familiar with it or don't know how, it's very easy.  While you're viewing a page, you can hold down your Ctrl button and scroll your mouse.  Forward is probably zooming in (bigger) and backward zooms out.  I'm not sure what the equivalent is on a Mac, but I'm sure the same is possible.

I hope this helps...

Vicky
Posted: October 12, 2018
Cynthia,

This is a really good question, I believe many of us struggle with vision issues.  Font size and color saturation really makes a difference for me, too. 

Beth also has my sympathy in developing a website, there are so many different issues to consider!

Vicky

Cynthia
Posted: October 12, 2018
Thank you for the reply. 

I tried the mobile version. Not a fan. The link did not work, for those who want to check it out. I had to google Violinlab.com mobile and found it that way.

The format is different and it was very slow. Must be a reason, but most mobile sites are formatted differently than the full blown computer sites, and not for the better. Probably has to do with restrictions from trying to limit file size, etc. I generally stay away from mobile sites due to that. I will stick with the full site and struggle with the text. If it gets too frustrating, I will try to figure a way to be able to have my laptop where I am doing my violin. It is larger than my iPad Air, so, I might have to find another table that is large enough for my laptop, but not too large for the area. Should be doable. 

Screen would be bigger that way, anyway. Sound would not be as good because I have a bluetooth enable outside speaker that works with my iPad, no outside speaker with my laptop. My husband should be able to find something that will work. If my laptop has bluetooth, that speaker might be able to be synced to the same speaker when it is not connected to my iPad. Will figure something out.

Thank you, again, for the information.

Cynthia

Elke Meier
Posted: October 11, 2018
Hi Cynthia, I am not sure what you experience, because I see the text clearly as black and not grey, and it is also a decent size, even on my rather small smartphone. But then I had an idea and opened VL on my ipad - and sure enough it did not automatically open the mobile version of the site, but the normal violinlab.com site - and it was pretty much unreadable. Then I tried to load the mobile version in Safari and it looked MUCH better! 

So, try to put the following address in Safari:
violinlab.com/community/mobile_index.php

This will start the mobile version on your iPad. Beth said at some point that the mobile version had a number of "issues" that will only be fixed with the new version of VL she is working on. But even with the "issues" (like a Respond to Discussion button which is not readable) I think this could help you work with it better. Once you have opened this address in your browser it stays in the mobile version when you select for example the video library. 

A disadvantage of the mobile version is that you cannot enlarge the screen like you can with the normal browser version. Just need to check out which one works better for you, the normal browser that you have to (but also can) enlarge manually, or the mobile version which is in a more readable form to begin with but cannot be changed (at least not for all I know). 

Hope you can find a way that works well for you!