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Recommendations: Helping older eyes

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Recommendations: Helping older eyes

#1 Post by whiskerc » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:23 am

Looking for suggestions for theme/customizations/etc. to reduce eye-strain.

Somehow Mint (up to 18.3) with Mate and the Mint X theme worked very well in this regard leading me to stay with Mint over many versions. With LM 19 it's time to look elsewhere, and so have been happily transitioning to MX 17.1/XFCE.

The default theme is very good, but I'm thinking there must be those of you who have tweaked things in various ways to make things just a little easier on 50 year old eyes.

Thank you!

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Re: Recommendations: Helping older eyes

#2 Post by Jerry3904 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:38 am

A good one to start might be safeeyes, currently in the MX Test repo (so: use MX Package Installer).

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Re: Recommendations: Helping older eyes

#3 Post by chrispop99 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:45 am

Is there anything in particular you are having a problem with?

The only issue I have is web pages that vary in viewability, so I use the Firefox add-on 'Zoom Page WE'. This lets you set an overall magnification if required, and then individual zoom levels per page.

In Settings/Appearance/Fonts, you can try different anti-aliasing settings. I also use the Greybird-accesibility-mx17 style for the Window Manager.

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Re: Recommendations: Helping older eyes

#4 Post by Redacted » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:54 am

If you have a problem seeing the grey fonts in Thunar with the Greybird-mx17 theme, this post by rich is fantastic for making the font more readable:
https://forum.mxlinux.org/viewtopic.php ... 06#p450503
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Re: Recommendations: Helping older eyes

#5 Post by paul1149 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:52 pm

One of the biggest problems I had was scrollbars being too thin. I was able to tweak the graybird theme to widen them, and also found some CSS scrollbar code that I apply to web pages via the Stylus extension in Vivaldi.
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Re: Recommendations: Helping older eyes

#6 Post by Richard » Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:04 pm

@Redacted & rich,

That is a definite improvement in Thunar.

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Re: Recommendations: Helping older eyes

#7 Post by sunrat » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:53 pm

I came across a way to specify scrollbar width in a gtk config file somewhere ages ago.
IIRC it involves creating a file ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css and putting your preferences there.
It's explained in the second answer at https://askubuntu.com/questions/775201/ ... -scrollbar . Don't edit the themes config directly as suggested in the first answer, but create the file in your user $HOME. I suspect you can do something similar for gtk2, but haven't done it myself.

Just found my ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css :

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.scrollbar.vertical slider,
scrollbar.vertical slider {
min-width: 15px;

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Re: Recommendations: Helping older eyes

#8 Post by handy » Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:32 am

Using Vivaldi, I use the Dark Reader add-on from the Chrome Store (so it will of course work with that other browser too). Dark Reader is a pretty reliable way to make web pages use a dark theme that has good contrast. On some sites I need to turn it off, but really that is quite a rare occurrence.

The other relevant add-on from the Chrome Store, is Scrollbar Customizer, it has some presets, but it also allows you to create custom scrollbars - size/colour.

I find that these two make my browsing life MUCH more comfortable for my (older) eyes... :supercool:

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Re: Recommendations: Helping older eyes

#9 Post by whiskerc » Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:41 pm

Working through all the suggestions.

* Chrispop99, Zoom Page (Zoom Page WE) makes a huge difference. Right now I'm using the older version with Waterfox. How do you like the WE version?

* Sunrat, the gtk-3.0 vertical slider tweak is great.

Here are some points which may be of use to anyone else who comes across this in future.

* The Zukitwo theme (https://github.com/lassekongo83/zuki-themes) with Roboto fonts (and Roboto Medium for the Window Titles) is making a big difference. Thunar particularly is clear and crisp.

* Redshift-gtk with a custom ~/.config/redshift.conf is worth experimenting with. Setting the day and night temperatures to 5000 defeats the purpose of the app - however - it cuts out enough of the blue to make longer sessions more comfortable. The -gtk places an icon in the status area which makes it easy to disable redshift temporarily for graphics editing, etc.

Appreciate all the help, and will keep watching the thread.


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Re: Recommendations: Helping older eyes

#10 Post by KBD » Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:19 pm

First thing I do is increase font size by at least two points and go with the bold font.
Lately Mint is in love with these tiny little panels and fonts that I don't like. I increase the panel size which automatically bumps up the icon size on the panel.
Most font config files are good by default now as far as hinting and such. In years past font config was miserable on Debian. Thankfully much better now.

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