On Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 5:47 AM, Kevin Burton Smith
> somedog wrote:
> > I agree, with my own Aging Eyes, that Small Type Face is a constant
> > Frustration. (Esp, as so many of the Classic PBOs are in Tiny
> > Font....I don't have a PICA tool handy, but I'm guessin' many are
> > 8pt or less.)
> Of course, back then, people weren't quite as vain. They wore glasses
> if they needed them.
> Consider the curiosity of an entire industry (the large print
> industry, plus all those magnifying sheets and non-prescription
> reading glasses you see in bookstores and drugstores and WalMart),
> which exists largely so people won't have to wear glasses or go see an
> eye doctor.
I don't think it's merely a question of vanity these days, Kevin. Lots of
people simply can't afford the outlay for regular glasses. It's a health
insurance thing. My first pair (bought about ten years ago, when I was
teaching in Las Vegas where the union had an excellent vision plan) cost me
$40- 20 for the exam and 20 for the glasses.
The union contract where I teach now has lousy benefits in it, and vision is
not covered. So I paid $300 plus for the Costco special deal.
And I know people I work with who can't afford glasses. They use reading
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