Resolution Independence in Leopard & Vista

March 30th, 2007

This accompanies a new article on the main bltt site.

Resolution Independence sounds like a complex term but its introduction could make computers significantly more accessible to many people with a variety of disabilities.

It allows text and graphical elements to be easily resized without affecting the layout or clarity of the items. This means that elements can be made larger and therefore accessible to people with visual impairment. Large items, such as buttons, icons and menus, are also easier for people with physical difficulties to target using their trackball, joystick or other pointing device. Many people with learning difficulties also find less cluttered displays with larger elements easier to understand.

Windows Vista includes a graphics engine that supports Resolution Independence but Windows itself is still (mostly) tied to the pixel grid.

The forthcoming Apple OS X 10.5 Leopard is to include resolution independence and, apparantly, will use it. Release date is rumoured to be around Spring 2007.

Read further information on Resolution Independence on the bltt.org site.

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