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Subject: How to Adjust Your Monitor Resolution for the Wider Format
Date Posted: 8/14/2008 10:45 AM ET
Member Since: 7/17/2005
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Hey, guys!  Are you scrolling?  Drivin' you nuts? 

Read this:

This is also at the upper right of the forum pages, in the Need Help? tab, and in the What's New item linked from the VERY top of the page...be sure to check out What's New!

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 11:21 AM ET
Member Since: 12/7/2005
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Get your reading glasses out!

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 11:37 AM ET
Member Since: 12/23/2005
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I know, everything seems to small. For me it's very hard to read.

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 11:41 AM ET
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I can't wait to get home and check this out on my 22 inch widescreen monitor!

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 1:05 PM ET
Member Since: 5/30/2007
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Definitely can't do that resolution on my old, small monitor : (

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 2:45 PM ET
Member Since: 2/17/2006
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I'm sorry this is causing problems for some of our members. I would hope that TPTB can offer an alternative to members who cannot function with the new format.

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 2:54 PM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2006
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I have to have my monitor set at a bigger display setting for my husband, who has vision problems, so this makes reading difficult (even on our new, bigger screen).  It would be nice to have an option for the old settings.  Just my $0.02.



Phooey on squinting

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 2:56 PM ET
Member Since: 7/5/2006
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I second the option to have it in "orginal" format if needed... I tried to chage the resolution like above,and got teeny tiny fonts, had to swtich back it was too hard to read. :(

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 2:58 PM ET
Member Since: 7/14/2005
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Me too.  Give us the option, please!

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 2:58 PM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2007
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I agree. There should be some option to change it back to the old way. 20% larger screens is not worth losing members over.

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 5:00 PM ET
Member Since: 12/10/2005
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1) The new wider layout also means you'll be doing less scrolling to get to more information.

2) Unless your computer is more than five years old, you probably won't have to change anything.

3) The trade-off is: higher resolutions give you more screen space but also make items on your screen appear smaller.

The aboves items are copied  from the Help Doc.  Number 2 is probably the main issue for me.  This computer is at least 5 years old, the moniter is about, hmmmm, 10?.  It's an old 16 inch monitor.

I normally have my resolution set at 800 x 600.  This is what I need to be able to see the fonts on all websites consistantly.

Currently (in an effort to try to work with this) I have my resolution set at 1024 x 768 and have gone into the advanced settings to change the DPI from Normal 96 to Large 120.  This solved my problem only in the forums.  The links at the bottom are still small, as is most of the print on my account page.  And I can barely read what I am typing right now.  (I'd have to start using bold for everything if kept it this way.)

But the bigger issue is that having to make this change to accomodate PBS results in having to deal with smaller print on all other websites.  I am not going to change my settings everytime I need to come here or when I am done.

I have played with the accessability wizard in Windows XP in the past and it made things worse for me.  There are magnifiers out there but they result in an excess of scrolling as well.

All in all, this change means that PBS is no longer fun for me to use but instead becomes remarkably like work.

I have absolutely no understanding of web design or any of the work that goes into making a site, paritcularly one as busy and multi-featured as this one.  I imagine trying to offer the old style to those of us who need it would be quite a challenge.

I will not be leaving the site entirely.  I will simply become one of those members who pretty much only post and order books.  I may try to check into the forums periodically but it won't be frequent or for very long visits.

This loss is very difficult for me.  My sight prevents me from driving so I get much of my 'social' interaction here.  Being a SAHM and seven months pregnant currently is keeping me home pretty much all the time.

Please, PBS Team, look into ways to provide the skinny screen to those of us who need it.

Edited to fix formatting, add a word and use the correct numbers.  I'm done looking for typos.  My eyes hurt.



Last Edited on: 8/14/08 5:27 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 8/14/2008 5:34 PM ET
Member Since: 12/23/2005
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I changed my resolution back. I just can't deal with the smaller print. I had a tear in my retina a few years back and have difficulty reading smaller print. I'll scroll back and forth before dealing with the tiny print but I'll visit less often unless I can get the print bigger.

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 6:03 PM ET
Member Since: 9/20/2005
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I don't think it's reasonable to expect us to modify monitor settings for this website, when they work fine for everything else.  If it can't be fixed, I just won't be using this site as much.

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 6:52 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2008
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My screen doesn't look any different than it ever did - what changed?

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 8:10 PM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2005
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I hope some of the people who are having problems (I'm not one of them, I have a large LCD monitor) are going to contact TPTB rather than just hoping they read this thread...I know they check in a lot but still it might happen quicker if a few people give them a heads-up that there is a problem.

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 9:51 PM ET
Member Since: 5/23/2005
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I don't understand.  I see no diference in my screen and definitely don't have the scroll bar at the bottom.

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 9:55 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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If you don't notice any difference, then you've already got your monitor set on a high resolution.  I'm on my laptop and have that set at the highest resolution.  I do notice the site is slightly wider but I don't have to scroll side to side.

Subject: This may help some people...
Date Posted: 8/15/2008 2:10 AM ET
Member Since: 7/1/2005
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Hold down the control (CTRL) key on your keyboard while rotating the wheel on top of your mouse (if you have one).

This will enlarge the text.

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 3:01 AM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2008
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This is *such* a bad idea.  It flies in the face of accessible website design guidelines. 


My monitor is set at 1440x900, but that doesn't mean I want my view port that wide.  It's hard to read across long lines of text and I didn't make that up and it's not anecdotal, either.  The fact that a *computer* is less than five years old doesn't mean the monitor is.  There are a lot of people still using 800x600 monitors and, while they can still view the site, the horizontal scroll bar makes it a pain in the butt.  It's one thing to design and write PHP code -- which TPTB obviously are very good at -- and quite another to create an accessible website with a fluid design and valid HTML/XHTML.  That's why it usually takes one team to do the backend and one team to do the "visuals" on a site of this magnitude.  Yeah, it's pretty, but if it causes the users problems, how pretty is that? 


This isn't as bad as the sites littered with Flash animation or navigation that's useless for people who *choose* to use less "sexy" systems, completely forgetting that all the world is not connected via broadband -- but it's darn close. 


It will be interesting to see what "cool features now and in the future" require people to buy a new monitor -- and what other surprises are in store. 



Date Posted: 8/15/2008 8:40 AM ET
Member Since: 7/14/2005
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You're completely right, Bren.  I just sent in my "suggestion."

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 1:00 PM ET
Member Since: 1/29/2006
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Oh, I'm sorry to read that so many of you are having trouble. :-(  For me it just went wider, and i see that the links at the bottom are a little smaller, but not horribly so (and I don't need them often, so...).  I really do hope they can offer you an option that works for you.  

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 6:54 PM ET
Member Since: 6/24/2005
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My PC is only a few years old and I was already using that resolution, but now I do have to scroll horizontally in IE, whereas before I didn't at this site, not sure why.

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 9:11 PM ET
Member Since: 1/14/2007
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Joey S, thank you so much for that suggestion. I wasn't really having a problem, but now the font is  all so much easier to read! Thank you. I hope others tried it.


Date Posted: 8/16/2008 8:57 AM ET
Member Since: 7/14/2005
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But you know, when I change the resolution it even makes my email teeny-tiny to read.  It's ridiculous to only have to change the resolution for one site of the many I visit.  Ridiculous!

Date Posted: 8/16/2008 3:32 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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This may help some of you -- to quickly change font size, hold down your CTRL key and hit  the "+" or "-" key.  I'm glad some of you are sending in feedback -- I'd imagine the Admin Team will be taking this seriously.