Windows Zoom Text sizing

ahwalek
ahwalek Community Member Posts: 38 ♪ Opening Act ♪
Hello,

I've been developing some courses and have had a few different people review them. On my computer and a few others the text displays as you'd expect it to. A couple of the reviewers are having issues with text spilling outside of their textboxes. Their text was enlarged. I looked into what may be causing this and it turns out it's the Zoom setting in Windows under the Display Settings. When the setting is anything other than 100% the text is enlarged and causes the issue above.



Short of notifying the students early in the course of such a setting, is there any way to force 100% or disable the Windows zoom? I really hope there is. I don't think students should have to change their computer settings to have a Lectora course display properly. It's also hard to design with that in mind, yet another quirk to consider.



Thanks,

Tony H

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  • kellykungfu
    kellykungfu Community Member Posts: 83
    @AHwalek 60929 wrote:
    Hello,

    I've been developing some courses and have had a few different people review them. On my computer and a few others the text displays as you'd expect it to. A couple of the reviewers are having issues with text spilling outside of their textboxes. Their text was enlarged. I looked into what may be causing this and it turns out it's the Zoom setting in Windows under the Display Settings. When the setting is anything other than 100% the text is enlarged and causes the issue above.



    Short of notifying the students early in the course of such a setting, is there any way to force 100% or disable the Windows zoom? I really hope there is. I don't think students should have to change their computer settings to have a Lectora course display properly. It's also hard to design with that in mind, yet another quirk to consider.



    Thanks,

    Tony H


    Hi Tony,



    I've had some courses with Flash that was built without scaling, and because of the set size of the Lectora landscape and our LMS, the learners using either or both the Window's Text size or the Internet Explorer Zoom, those pages would not display correctly. Since then we build our Flash with scaling and no more issues.



    One thing to note is that Internet Explorer 6 and 7, when a new window is opened by the LMS, that window will automatically be set at 100% no matter what the setting is for the parent window (LMS). With Internet Explorer 7 and on, the child window will 'continue' the same zoom level as the parent window, thus this might be why your seeing it now.



    -kelly
  • ahwalek
    ahwalek Community Member Posts: 38 ♪ Opening Act ♪
    Hi Kelly,

    It does sound like you've experienced the issue I'm having but mainly just for the Flash elements you had in the course. Have you had any issues with the regular text made in Lectora? This is also an issue because we use native Lectora text in our graphic labels for clarity reasons. When the Windows scale is on, the labels are enlarged and 'off'.



    Also, thanks for the Internet Explorer info. Fortunately the IE zooms enlarge the whole course, not only the text portions so that's not really an issue.
  • benpitman
    benpitman Community Member Posts: 763
    Check the zoom factor on the browser with the problem. I have seen it do strange things when it is not 100%
  • ahwalek
    ahwalek Community Member Posts: 38 ♪ Opening Act ♪
    Ben, the browser zoom doesn't seem to be an issue but thanks for the response. It's the Windows Zoom causing the issue. I can recreate this at any time.
  • kellykungfu
    kellykungfu Community Member Posts: 83
    Hi Tony,



    When you say your 'reviewers'. Are they looking at the course in Lectora or when compiled to like HTML or loaded to a LMS? This makes a big difference. Lectora and also Articulate, need to be developed with Windows set to 100%. If not then the font size when compiled for others to see especially on a LMS is not what you have designed and developed.



    Secondly sounds like your putting a text box on top of a graphic. This might be the issue too. It might be better to add text to a graphic with Photoshop that way theres no rendering issues...



    Lastly, an option for you for the misbehaving text boxes, do a Properties on it and put a checkmark in 'Covert to Image' to see if that helps.





    -kelly
  • ahwalek
    ahwalek Community Member Posts: 38 ♪ Opening Act ♪
    Thanks again Kelly.



    The reviewers are seeing the course published by me with my Zoom at 100% through an LMS. That's good to know that too as some of my coworkers do have a higher Zoom setting (even though they don't know it).



    We had initially intended to have the graphic labels in the graphic itself but found when saved at 72DPI the text wasn't as sharp as we'd like it after being uploaded to the LMS. Not really sure why.



    I was holding off the solution of converting the text boxes to images in hopes of a better solution :). While the text boxes with the primary course content don't have too much text I'm going to have them be scrollable text boxes just in case. The labels on the graphics I'm going to just accomodate the potential increase in size by left or right justifying and leaving space between labels in case they drop down to the next line.



    Thanks Ben and Kelly.