Tips for reducing eye strain

Reading, monitors and eye care Our move to online consumption of academic material comes with many pros and cons. Recently, I’ve been contacted about how to deal with eye strain and headaches which seem to be related to online reading. What follows are a couple of quick tips that may help: increase your screen’s refresh rate – make it as high as you can. adjust the brightness and contrast levels if reading on the web, take advantage of “reader mode” – Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Apple Safari all include a reader mode. Chrome has an extension you can install … Continue reading Tips for reducing eye strain

NVDA – Simplified

NVDA from NV Access is a free text to speech tool Microsoft Windows machines. It stands for Non-Visual Desktop Access. It will not work on iOS machines. Many use this tool to listen to content. Here are some simple commands to get you started using NV Access: Note: documentation refers to the NVDA key. The default NVDA key is the insert key. It can be changed to Caps lock when installing NVDA the first time Control + Alt + n to run NVDA NVDA + q to close NVDA Numpad + +to start reading at the top of the page NVDA + down … Continue reading NVDA – Simplified

Mozilla Firefox to get page translation feature

If you’re a Google Chrome user, you may have noticed this option if there happens to be foreign text on the page you are visiting. One of the nice and distinguishing features about Chrome is its ability to translate a web page for its user, with fairly good accuracy. This feature is soon coming to Mozilla Firefox, and is looking to be a pretty big deal. Developers at Mozilla have been working on page translation into their browser, but  it differs from Chrome’s implementation in that the translations will be computed locally, with no need to rely on an internet … Continue reading Mozilla Firefox to get page translation feature