Accessibility

Accessibility

Internet Explorer

You can specify the font sizes, styles and colours, and foreground and background colours of Web pages displayed on your computer screen, even if the author of the Web page has already specified these. You can also specify the colour used to indicate links in Web pages, or a special colour for links that is used only when the mouse passes over the link. This is useful if you have low vision, need larger fonts, or need high-contrast colours. You can set Internet Explorer to use the colours and fonts you specify, your default Windows colours and fonts, or the settings you specify in your own style sheet.

The simplest way to change the browser settings is to select Text Size from the View menu in Internet Explorer 5 or above and click on the text size you want to use.

For more control over browser setting select Internet Options from the Tools menu in Internet Explorer 5 or above.  By choosing Internet Options from the menu, you can change fonts and background colours and use your own stylesheet to further customise the browser to your accessibility needs.

Firefox

You can specify which fonts and font sizes are used to display web pages in your browser.  The text size can be increased or decreased by selecting Text Size from the View menu.

The following keyboard shortcuts control text size:

Press CtrlCmd and + to increase the text size.  This zooms the text to 120% of its original size, then 150%, 200%, 300%, 450%, 675%, 1013%, and 1519%.

Press CtrlCmd and – to decrease the text size.  This zooms the text to 90% of its original size, then 50%, 33%, 22%, 15%, 10%, 7%, 4%, 3%, 2%, and 1%.

Press CtrlCmd and 0 to reset the text size to the web page’s default size.

To use a High Contrast theme, go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Accessibility Options > Display and check the Use High Contrast option preference.  If you need to over-ride font or page colours, this can be done by selecting Options from the Tools menu.  To override the colors defined by web pages, uncheck the Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above option preference.