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Ways to enhance text readability in Sailfish UI (incl. apps)

asked 2014-01-18 18:34:04 +0200

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updated 2016-01-15 17:10:07 +0200

This question describes an area of improvement in the Sailfish UI. Ideas on how to improve the situation can be given and voted upon as answers.

Edit. Updated the question to be relevant with the Sailfish 2.0 UI.

Text in the Sailfish UI is mostly displayed in white/light letters on dark background.The same appearance naturally extends to third party apps via Sailfish Silica (which is a good thing in that it makes the overall user experience consistent).

However, when reading any longer text, for many readers, dark text on white background is easier to read.

There should be an option to choose dark-on-light or a light-on-dark UI scheme, so that every user can have the UI that best suits them.

In what other ways could the UI be more readable/accessible to all users, including those with eyesight problems?

For visibility: Here's how to set the system wide font size:

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It seems the answers are to be seen as alternative options to be voted: You should mention this in your question.

jgr ( 2014-03-09 23:17:17 +0200 )edit

@jgr, in this question I have followed the guideline given in https://together.jolla.com/question/4389/together-howto-question-answer-and-comment/ (top answer): Don't post your idea as a question, but come up with a question that your idea answers and then answer yourself with your idea.

I have since noticed that this has not become common practice, so it may be confusing. Maybe I'll edit the question to make it more clear. Still, this is not a vote to find the most popular alternative; the alternatives are separate ideas, they don't rule each other out, and you can vote both of them up or down if you wish.

Also, I'll make the answers wikis so it won't look like I'm just fishing for karma. :)

ssahla ( 2014-03-09 23:31:22 +0200 )edit

You write: "Text in the Sailfish UI is mostly displayed in white/light letters on dark background (with the ambience image showing through). App developers often adapt the same appearance for their apps". No, they don't. No app developers write in their apps "use white letters on a semitransparent dark background". They just use the Sailfish Silica components, which automatically uses the system theme (ambience). The app developer isn't trying to match the Sailfish look - on the contrary, it's actually very hard to avoid the Sailfish look.

ovekaaven ( 2014-03-10 02:17:22 +0200 )edit

@ovekaaven, you are right, thanks for the correction.

ssahla ( 2014-03-10 08:43:57 +0200 )edit

I suspect that the text is more readable on the higher resolution displays that Sailfish was clearly designed for ...

strongm ( 2014-03-10 11:11:03 +0200 )edit

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answered 2015-10-03 13:16:23 +0200

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updated 2015-10-03 13:16:23 +0200

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how to enlarge the font size

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I don't always understand the techniques, but I have tried to use the package but always get the message that the page is not available. I really need to find something similar, as I cannot read anything on the Jolla phone and am even sending this via my desktop. I wonder what I might be doing wrong.

beacon ( 2016-03-08 14:10:20 +0200 )edit

@beacon Page? Uh, you need to enable developer mode at the settings and write that into the terminal. No packages or pages required.

jollailija ( 2016-03-15 20:08:20 +0200 )edit
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