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Central Blind Rehabilitation Center (CBRC) - Accessibility

Tips for Increasing Screen Text Size

Browser options - Apple Safari

To change the font size in Apple Safari, choose "View" menu and select "Zoom Text Only".

For more information about Mac OS X and Apple Safari accessibility features, see http://www.apple.com/accessibility/macosx/vision.html*.

Browser options - Internet Explorer

To change the font size in Internet Explorer, choose Tools, then Internet Options, then click on the Accessibility button at the bottom.  Under Formatting, check "Ignore font sizes specified on Web pages."  Then click "OK" and "OK" again.  Then go to the View menu and select Text Size. Then, choose from the five sizes offered.

For more information about Windows and Internet Explorer accessibility features, see http://www.microsoft.com/enable/*.

Accessibility features of Firefox

Firefox includes many features to make the browser and web content accessible to all users, including those who have low vision, no vision, or limited ability to use a keyboard or mouse.

Resizing page text

You can temporarily change the size of text on any web page in the View > Text Size menu. The new size will remain in effect until you close your browser window or tab, even if you navigate to a different web site.

The following keyboard shortcuts control text size. As noted above, 'accel' means the 'Ctrl' key on Windows and, usually, on Unix, and the 'Cmd' key on Mac.

  • Press accel + + 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 accel + - 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 accel + 0 to reset the text size to the web page's default size.

Note that some web pages may display incorrectly if you increase or decrease the text size. In Firefox 3: When Text and Images are zoomed together by default, some column widths or other containers may be dependent upon image size, so enlarging both may cause page to enlarge horizontally forcing use of horizontal scrolling to see text that would normally wrap within a smaller area.

Additional information can be found in http://kb.mozillazine.org/Zoom_text_of_web_pages*. For more information about Mozilla Firefox accessibility features, see http://kb.mozillazine.org/Accessibility_features_of_Firefox*.

Screen Magnifiers

Screen magnification programs have been developed for people with low vision, and most of these programs provide magnification from 2 to 16 times. For more information, contact your local VIST Coordinator or the Hines BRC.

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