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bug #63336: Make cursor use system accessibility setting

Submitter:  None
Submitted:  Tue 08 Nov 2022 11:35:34 AM UTC
Category:  GUI Severity:  3 - Normal
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  Feature Request
Status:  Confirmed Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Robert Paynter Originator Email:  -email is unavailable-
Open/Closed:  * Open Release:  * dev
Operating System:  * Any Fixed Release:  None
Planned Release:  None
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Tue 08 Nov 2022 11:42:12 PM UTC, comment #2: 

In linux mint mouse preferences dialog, there is an equivalent setting which works for most applications but not for Qt based ones. This seems to be a know issue [1] and the workaround when running X is to change the XCURSOR_SIZE environment variable before starting octave

XCURSOR_SIZE=50 octave --gui

See attached screenshot.

Don't know if there is an equivalent workaround for Windows, sorry.

I marked this bug confirmed for "any" system since I can reproduce it on linux as well.

[1] https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=311591

Pantxo Diribarne <pantxo>
Project Member
Tue 08 Nov 2022 07:16:35 PM UTC, comment #1: 

As a shorter term workaround: if you go to the Preferences for the Octave GUI, then to the Command tab, you'll find a setting for "Cursor type". You can change that from IBeam cursor to Block cursor and that will at least make it more visible than the default.

Arun Giridhar <arungiridhar>
Project Member
Tue 08 Nov 2022 11:35:34 AM UTC, original submission:  

With higher res screens and aging eyes I found it hard to see the cursor because it was can be so thin: only 1 pixel wide in some cases.
I find that MS-Windows (10,11) has text cursor width Setting and it can be set almost as wide as a typical letter.  Increasing the width has helped with some applications, but sadly Octave is one of those that has not observed this setting.  Please get Octave it to use the system setting in all the places a cursor occurs, the GUI, figures etc.
Perhaps there's a few other accessibility aid settings that I'll be looking for in the future - please adopt all that can be.



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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2022-11-10 mmuetzel Release7.1.0 dev
    2022-11-08 pantxo StatusNone Confirmed
        Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows Any

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