Visual cobol for SW developers with disabilities

One of our customers is having SW developers who are visually impaired and are using special terminals to perform their development work. They use editors on the Unix machine for that.  Do we offer any tools or setup to enable visually impaired developers to develop in eclipse/ide?

 

Thx

  • Suggested Answer

    Hello Alberto,

     

    The Eclipse IDE does have some options to make text larger and easier to read. One quick tip (for customers using the keyboard) is to use key combinations CTRL-Equal Sign (this is the key with the plus symbol to the left of the backspace key on my keyboard) to increase text size, and CTRL-Hyphen to reduce it. This affects the "Editor" views, such as the ones that display source code.

     

    Next, see the Accessibility options from the Eclipse menu at Window-Preferences-General-Editors-Text Editors-Accessibility.

     

    Regarding text colors, Visual COBOL does smart colorization of source code for COBOL Source. To customize these colors:

    • Mouse-friendly way:
      • While viewing a COBOL Source file right-click anywhere in the Editor window
      • Choose Preferences (this is a shortcut to a subset of Eclipse settings that are specific to Micro Focus)
      • On the left, choose Editor-Syntax Coloring
      • Provides a preview window that shows different syntax element types
      • For selected element type
        • Choose from Elements in upper list
        • Change color with color picker, font decoration with checkboxes

     

    • Menu-driven way (may be easier for those using voice or other options to control mouse):
      • Windows-Prefs-Micro Focus-COBOL-Editor-Syntax Coloring
        • Provides a preview window that shows different syntax element types
        • For selected element type
          • Choose from Elements in upper list
          • Change color with color picker, font decoration with checkboxes

     

    Beyond COBOL source code, to customize general text colors for other files in the Eclipse IDE:

    • Background color
      • Window-Preferences->General->Editors->Text Editors
      • Select "Background color" from Appearance color options list
      • Click color swatch
      • Modify and Apply
    • Foreground color
      • If set here, does not affect defined resource types for COBOL, but does affect non-specific resource types such as text files

     

    Hope this helps,

    Blair