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Text adjustment to help people with learning disabilities

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028740D
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

It is estimated that 3.5 million people suffer from some form of learning disability in the US. People with LD can have problems with reading, writing or arithmetic. Manufactures of Devices such us computers have done some work to accommodate people with mild dyslexia but not much has been done for individuals with severe dyslexia such us scotopic sensitivity syndrome. Some of the examples are: Moving River Effect - Words or parts of words slide sideways, opening moving rivers of space that cascade up and down the page. Smudge Effect - Letters and words move sideways and stack atop each other, then move apart. The page is filled with moving dark smudges that are impossible to read Swirl Effect- As the eye focuses on a particular word, lines begin to swirl like a rotating wheel.

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Text adjustment to help people with learning disabilities

     This article talks about having software to fix problems for people with severe reading problems. The software will have a gui to give the user options to adjust the text or add/change text color.

     This software solution proposed will solve reading problems for people with severe dyslexia such as scotopic sensitivity syndrome by allowing the change of color of text in a system like PC or a cell phone.

     The computer or device will have a gui that allows the user to adjust or add color to text and stop the movement of the letters. This feature will be part of the operating system of a device.

     The following is an example of the gui that can be part of the device. The user can select an example that matches their needs and press a button to change the color of the text and the color of the background. The following dialog is an example of how the software will change color and fix the text by showing the user the changes under the "sample:" diagram.

     The user can select the effect that is similar to their needs and by clicking the "Color" button the user will be able to pick a color or a combination of colors to change the letters and the background. By pressing the "Fix Text" button the user can change the color of left or right side of the text as well as the background. The user can change the size and color of individual letters for example all the first letter of a word helping not only people with severe dy...