Originally Posted by WPLJ42
I am familiar with Zoom. Unfortunately, all magnification (Mac or Windows) results in a blurry/fuzzy situation for me. Pretty much the same result as altering my iMac resolution. Apple seems to have a very decent desire to create tools for blind and low vision. I have an iMac 20 inch. I have to get very close to the screen. Alex is a mandatory feature for my situation. I hope, by the time 10.7 arrives, the mini will have true HDMI. That would allow me to buy a TV and run a larger screen in 1366 x 768 resolution. While I am in a huge minority, it wouldn't be that hard for Apple to do. Many machines on the Windows side are including HDMI.
Not sure I get it when it comes to names. Safari? Then again, Firefox is a critter too. Will Apple continue with 10.7 then 8, then 9? Then what ... 11? Would it be OS 11 or OS XI? If Apple were to release the next OS in late 2011, then OS 11 is a perfect name. I like the simplicity of Ubuntu. The OS is number by year and month. Done. Perhaps the next Mac OS will have a pet name from another part of the jungle.
OK, sounds like you are well-informed about your options. So, I take it that you see the blurry screen and augment the screen with text-to-speech.
For myself, I can get by with Zoom on a 24 inch iMac. I don't know whether to presume that a 27 inch iMac at 2560 x 1440 would be workable or too expensive. You could do a try out at an Apple Store. From my experience, Apple Store employees know about 'accessibility', but not how to use the VoiceOver tool. If you want to check out Zoom, just ask them to Zoom to the maximum for you on the 27 inch iMac.
Check out this web site for additional info on the Mac platform about accessibility:http://www.lioncourt.com/
This web site is VoiceOver orientated. I tried that tool, but found that I really don't need it; Zoom is adequate. Besides, I have both a visual and hearing impairment.
Here is the Apple introduction to the VoiceOver tool:http://www.apple.com/voiceover/info/guide/
With regard to HDMI – as far as I know, Apple is not going that direction. They are favoring MiniDisplayPort. I just did a Google on MiniDisplayPort and came across this adapter:http://www.startech.com/item/MDP2HDM...Converter.aspx
I am not an engineer; I am just pointing out a dubious option. Even after a connection, there could be functional problems. As far as I know, there is no route from a Mac to a TV with HDMI, even via an adapter.
Safari is a bundled web browser that comes with Mac OS X. Firefox can be installed on Mac OS X and used instead. But, Safari understands the VoiceOver tool.
As for the Mac OS naming convention. the 'X' is pronounced as 'Ten' and is an integral part of the OS name; 'Mac O S Ten'. The subsequent release number is conventional, such as 10.6.2. After that is a mascot name such as 'Snow Leopard' that is easy to remember. So, in this thread, we are speculating about what could be in a future Mac OS X 10.7 release, mascot name unknown, and perhaps it will be available sometime in 2011. There may be a preview of the unreleased OS at the upcoming Apple World Wide Developers Conference, perhaps this June. So, stay tuned.
Finally, I don't participate in the Mac versus Windows war.