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Enhance the readability of texts in the UI (e.g. configurable font size)

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asked 2013-12-25 13:22:17 +0200

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updated 2014-07-01 13:08:20 +0200

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As some of us need glasses when using the phone, it would be great to be able to change the font size, and colour in the UI if needed.

Global minimum font-size setting with a selectiom of small / medium / large / extra-large default text size would iimprove the readability of the UI and enhance considerably the SailfishOS UX and accessibility for ppl without perfect eye-sight.

20140701 - update

And while your fixing this (if ever), please consider to change the font rendering or change the complete font. The rendering is just awkward. Maybe it's more the Microsoft way, the Apple rendering could suit better.

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specifically, in text messages, one's own sent texts are in a smaller font than the ones received. I don't see a reason for that, except if you badly want to save screen space. The font size of received texts is ok for me, but there shouldn't be any fonts smaller than that throughout the system.

bennypr0fane ( 2013-12-27 21:16:27 +0200 )edit

Also in phone application the dialed number (while typing) is shown with quite small font size, not problem to me (yet) but senior citizens may have difficulties to see it.

Suggestion: global UI font size selection in Settings ("small / medium / large / extra large")

hzb ( 2013-12-28 14:47:52 +0200 )edit

As I need more and more a reading glasses I too would like to have a global minimal font size setting and default font size ("small / medium / large / extra large").

We all get older :-)

axaq ( 2013-12-28 16:20:20 +0200 )edit

Definitely, at least text messages should have some additional settings (I would prefer larger during writing).

Ruutana ( 2013-12-29 18:51:28 +0200 )edit

Making fonts more consistent across the apps - yes. Working on actual changeable fonts.. not really. Yes, it's a useful accessibility feature, yet I hope Jolla sailsors work on more valuable [for me and maybe for the others] features first. So downvote from me unfortunately.

Artem ( 2013-12-30 01:06:14 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-04-14 00:13:32 +0200

galacticginger gravatar image

For visually impaired users system wide changeable fonz size is a must - even beofre style and design (function can kill form). Not dealing with the issue of challenged users is definitely not timely any more. I hope this is dealt with swiftly as changeable font size is an industry standard for decades now.

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this is not an answer, you are just agreeing with others, yes? please convert it to a comment and vote for the question, if you haven't already.

bennypr0fane ( 2014-05-27 20:52:07 +0200 )edit

bennypr0fane, you're right. Just don't know how to convert it.

JuhaP ( 2014-08-04 16:16:49 +0200 )edit

I love my Jolla and i am proud of owning one ... but for the size of the fonts. I wear glasses and even with them the fonts are too small .... Please make this configurable

Ashley ( 2014-08-20 02:09:50 +0200 )edit

I am actually putting my Jolla phone in the drawer soon. The main reason is the fonts. My eyes can't take the strain and it is horrendously that this is not improved yet. I am getting the tablet also, but that is my last Jolla support.

I just do not see the point of supporting someone who does not support my quite fundamental requirements. Being able to read what's on the screen........

Birger ( 2015-02-27 17:01:17 +0200 )edit

It isn't just font size that is important. It is font colour and background colour because contrast is even more important. I have a visual impairment (2/60) and I need both.

kingsley.bugarin ( 2015-04-06 13:29:45 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-10-23 08:23:00 +0200

Sage gravatar image

There is work being done on getting font size adjustable from settings as some have already noted from the dconf keys and other things possibly, it has not been released yet though as it affects to all parts of the UI and requires substantial amount of work. The aim is to get this feature released still during this year in one of the updates so stay tuned.

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@Sage - the 'fontSizeMultiplier' has been removed from dconf it seems, at least I cannot find it in any dconf path.

Spam Hunter ( 2016-11-06 19:13:49 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-01-12 21:31:50 +0200

The font size dconf value has been found! Check this answer for how to configure the font size system-wide (not Android apps though)


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awesome! i use factor 1.1

NuklearFart ( 2016-01-13 11:21:07 +0200 )edit

No longer valid, at least not in the path given.

Spam Hunter ( 2016-11-06 19:14:21 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-04-08 18:00:50 +0200

Sebix gravatar image

Sailfish OS > now has the ability to set the font size to three different values: Normal, Large and Huge in Settings > Look and feel > Display > Text size.

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answered 2016-10-23 03:15:19 +0200

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Came up with two methods here:


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