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Customising Browser Settings


Constructing Accessible Web Sites

Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities

Maximum Accessibility: Making Your Web Site More Usable for Everyone

Customising Internet Explorer

To apply font and colour changes

  1. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options
  2. On the General tab, select Accessibility
  3. Click the three boxes to show ticks.

Changing the font

Using a sans-serif font (such as Arial), rather than a serif font (such as Times New Roman), can make text easier to read on a computer screen.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options
  2. On the General tab, click Fonts
  3. In the Proportional and Fixed-width font lists, select the fonts you would like to use.

Altering the size of text

  1. On the Tools menu, click Text Size
  2. Select the font size you would like.

Changing text and background colour.

Website authors and designers often specify particular fonts, typefaces and background colours for their pages. Some combinations can sometimes make the text difficult to read. You can override these settings by choosing your own preferred colour scheme.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options
  2. On the General tab, click Colors
  3. Click on the tick box labelled Use Windows Colors
  4. Click Text, and select the colour you want
  5. Click OK
  6. Click Background, and select the colour you want to use
  7. Click OK.

To turn off images on web pages.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options
  2. On the Advanced tab, scroll down to Multimedia
  3. Click on Show pictures to remove the tick
  4. Click on Apply
  5. Click on OK.

Other Options

There are more options to make websites easier to read, such as removing animation and expanding text. To look at the other options:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options
  2. Select the Advanced tab
  3. Choose the options you would like.

Macintosh users

Macintosh Users of IE5 can find the above settings in EDIT » PREFERENCES. Under "Web Content" you can set colours and select or deselect the following:

  • Show pictures.
  • Show style sheets.
  • Show frames.
  • Enable scripting.


Accessibility Links

TechDis - 7 Precepts of Usability and Accessibility

Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

WAI Resources

Quick Tips To Make Accessible Web Sites

WebAIM - Web Accessibility in Mind

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