Here at the DoHistory web site, you can see a magic lens applied to Martha Ballard's diary. As you move the lens over the text, you can view the transcription.
This example from Memorial Hall Museum Online is a bit different. Here you can expand the magic lens so that more of the transcribed text can be seen at the same time.
This magic lens provides several benefits:
- Users of the site can now better understand the text because they can read it, while still viewing the original handwriting.
- It allows people who are visually impaired to better view the text. (There is also an implementation of the magic lens that reads the text to the user.)
- It is fun, which may lead users to spending more time looking at documents.
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