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29 Mar

Accessibility options and browser accessibility options

As you may have noticed, some websites specially those are related to news have a tiny text and often difficult to read and more difficult for people with low vision or those elderly. But the argument from the authors is that they would want to accommodate as much information as they can on the page; so what is the solution and how we can include all users? There are a few methods that we can address this problem:

  1. 1. Educate users with a help page about existing accessibility options provided by browsers (This is recommended)
  2. If your target users are someone who you think may not be able understand the documentation about existing accessibility features provided by browsers and not aware how to use them, you can provide a few accessibility options in your website itself

It would be good to include a “Help Page” and list down a few common accessibility options available in browsers. For instance, in most browsers, one can use “CTRL along with Plus” to increase the font and “Control along with minus” to decrease the font size. also, this help page can list the popular assistive technologies such as screen readers, screen magnification software.

Thanks,

BySrinivasu Chakravarthula

Srinivasu Chakravarthula is an accessibility evangelist for 12+ years. Accessibility is not just his profession but something that is very close to his heart. Srinivasu believes that technology plays an important role to make lives of people with disabilities independent. Srinivasu is recipient of Yahoo! Ratna and NCPEDP MphasiS Universal Design Award. Srinivasu is Certified Web Accessibility Specialist by International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). Srinivasu is also an individual Professional member of IAAP. Visit his personal website to learn more.

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