Lets Drop Old Monitors

Bill Vance kbun at xpresso.seaslug.org
Sat Jul 14 01:42:21 UTC 2018

On Thu, 12 Jul 2018, David Lang wrote:

> On Thu, 12 Jul 2018, Bill Vance wrote:
>> 1.  A plugin module which any programmer can include in their
>>     software, to make the change from old style to HD, a better
>>     controlled, nicer, easier, experience.  The less they have
>>     to do to make it work, the better.  If item 2, (below), is
>>     done adequately, this could be a simple Kernel option.
> exactly what changes do you think this flag should make in the application?
> No application should care what the actual screen resolution is, if you make 
> them optimize for 1080P HD, then they will be horrible on a 4k or 8k screen 
> (or 
> a small screen for that matter)
> you also don't know if your 4K screen is a 24" screen or a 40" screen, and 
> even 
> if you do know it's a 40" screen, you don't know if the user is 2' from the 
> screen or 10' from the screen.
> the user needs to set the size of things, not the app.

Exactly what I'm saying.  Unfortunately, the only option the
user has right now, is more vs. a _lot_ more frustration.
The apps need a way for the user to make the adjustments, and
right now it just isn't there.  Screen size is a system
settings thing, but even that needs help.  On a fresh install
I need a _BIG_ magnifying glass to read the tiny, microscopic
text there.  It works eventually, but it's still a major
pain in the ass.  The fact that every last app needs adjusting,
and the adjustments are imperfect from one to another doesn't
help any.  When the menu text looks right in one app, but looks
like it's too big to even be the banner across the top of the
next app, the appearance sucks.  As the old hardware dies off/
wears out, and gets replaced by the new, this is just going to
be more of a problem, and should be addressed now.

That's why I'm saying the old/HD settings choice should be a
Kernel thing, with the various text/symbol sizes individually
controllable through the mouse pointer/buttons.


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