Apparently there are many web users who do not know how to utilize some of the accessibility features of their browsers. Are you one of them?
For example, it seems as though some users don’t know how to resize the text on their browsers for easier reading while web surfing. A handy article on this issue has been written by Ian Lloyd at Accessify.com. Ian has even created a video to show you how easy changing text size is. If you cannot or do not want to watch the video, I have posted a transcript of that video as provided by Mike Cherim at Green-Beast.com. Take a look at how simple it is to make your web browsing easier on the eyes!
If you are finding it difficult to read some text when viewing a web site you can resize the text up and down to suit your needs. However, by default web browsers â€” for example Internet Explorer and Firefox â€” do not make it obvious that you can do this; effectively they hide these useful controls.
Using Internet Explorer, otherwise known as IE, you can change the font size by selecting the View menu item and then selecting the Text Size option â€” you have 5 size settings to pick from. This is useful to know and once you select this setting, it is remembered for all web sites that you visit.
A better option is to place a text resize control permanently on your toolbar. To do this, press your right mouse button on the toolbar area to bring up the contextual menu and choose â€˜Customizeâ€™. A list of available toolbar buttons appears on the left. Scroll down to the Text icon and then select â€˜Addâ€™. You can also change the display of the icons while youâ€™re hear, just in case you find the toolbar icons a little small too. Once you hit the close button, youâ€™ll see a Text Size control there, making it much easier to change the size.
If you are using IE 7, the process is much the same â€” right click on the toolbar, but you need to select â€˜Customize Command Barâ€™ then â€˜Add or Remove Commandsâ€™
In Firefox, you can increase the font size in a similar way to Internet Explorer. Unlike IE, you are not limited to 5 sizes (that being two notches up and two notches down from the default).
Unfortunately Firefox does not provide a toolbar icon for text resizing, even if you choose to customise. However, Patrick Lauke from the University of Salford has created an extension that creates a set of buttons that you can add to your toolbar. Simply go to the Firefox Extensions page and search for the â€˜Text Size Toolbarâ€™, or go to tinyurl.com/2ztudx. Once youâ€™ve installed the extension and restarted Firefox, right click on your toolbar and choose customise. There you will find the resize buttons which you can drag and drop on to your toolbar.
There are other ways that you can change text size on a web page. If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, simply hold down the CTRL key â€” or the command key if you are a Mac user â€” and move the scroll wheel up and down. For Firefox users, hold down the CTRL key and press the plus (+) and minus (-) keys. Finally, if you are using Internet Explorer 7, you can hold down the CTRL key and press the plus or minus keys which will zoom the whole page in and out of view.Ian Lloyd
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