Draft 1: Magnification Use Cases (Neil Soiffer, author)
The most obvious use of magnification is for rendering the entire content larger. For text-based (or more generally, font-based) applications, this means that Assistive Technology (AT) software should be able to request rendering with larger sized fonts or a certain amount of magnification relative to some baseline magnification. Applications beyond standard
text-based ones include math, music, and labeled plots/graphics. For non text-based applications such as graphics and chemical structures, magnification could be based on a certain percentage of the normal size or given by "fill this area". I believe these two ideas can always be mapped onto each other. In all of these cases, the magnification may be
due to having the entire documented magnified or it may be due to a request to magnify an individual instance (such as an equation).
There are two other uses for magnification:
- While navigating or speaking, it might be desirable to magnify the part being navigated/spoken to make it easier to see. For example, while playing some music, the current measure and next measure might be magnified to ease reading while leaving the rest unmagnified so that the amount of screen space used is minimized. There would also need to be a method to reset the magnification.
- Math and Chemical notation shrink fonts for superscripts and subscripts. In math, these are further reduced for nested scripts. On common feature for math renderers is to set a minimum font size. Typically, this is 50% of the base font size and corresponds to the size
used for doubly nested scripts. It is potentially useful to allow the AT to control the maximum percent shrinkage used by renderers. Another possibility is to have a feature that says "don't shrink at all".
Although the rendering would not be consider high quality typesetting, it does make scripts more readable to those with some vision impairment.