Reading the fine print is an extremely challenging vision testWhen we go for routine eye check-ups, we are asked to look at alphabets in a mirror through a lens, read a card, etc. Accordingly, if required, we get a number for spectacles, either for reading or for distance vision or both.
What is far more challenging than those eye specialist's tests, though, are the acuity tests we have to go through from time to time. These include:
1. An application form - why is the text in over 90% of application forms in small font? Whether it is to apply for admission to an institute or a bank form, have you noticed how the text is all cluttered together? Perhaps it is to save paper, but just think - you pay a whopping Rs.500/- for an admissions form - why not put an extra page then? In the case of a bank form, it is so thoughtless to expect senior citizens to peer and struggle with filling up such forms. Yes, there are helpful customers and often staff to do this work, but not everywhere.
2. A form for getting service - it is so deceiving, I feel, to have the extra minuscule print at the bottom, deliberately to make the customer avoid reading it so when a problem arise, the company can always say it was mentioned that so-and-so aspect was not part of the service.
3. A medication - whether a bottle of cough syrup or a strip of tablets, even with spectacles, do you not often find it taxing to read the instruction on how much to take, what are the ingredients and the expiry date?
4. The instruction booklet which comes in the box of a gadget - why on earth are those booklets of instructions so small and the print so tiny?! I mean, if you expect us to follow the instructions on how to use the gadget and how to deal with simple problems, why can't you print a larger booklet with large words? The box is large enough for the smartphone/laptop isn't it? Then surely there is space too for a bigger booklet of instructions!
5. Film credits - it is so unfair to see the tiny credits roll of a movie at the end or even the names which appear at the beginning. Why should we not clearly see the name of the screenplay writer, for example, who contributed to the enhancement of the story? Why is that only the names of the director and the film production house fill up the entire screen?
Just for taxing our vision, fines should be imposed, like taxes, on small print!
[Entry for 25th to 31st December 2016 TOW]