How to Change Text Size or Colors
Why doesn’t this work with some other websites?
The browser settings on this page should work when browsers and websites meet WAI guidelines and are designed for accessibility, flexibility, and user control. However, some browsers do not provide as much user control, and some websites are designed to defeat browser settings. Text resizing does not work well in browsers and websites that do not meet accessibility guidelines.
- In Internet Explorer Version 6 and earlier, the text may not resize because the Web site is designed with “hard-coded” or “absolute” text sizes. To override Web site setting:
- Menu items: Tools Internet Options
- In Internet Options dialog box: Accessibility button (bottom right)
- In Accessibility dialog box:
[/] Ignore colors specified on Web pages
[/] Ignore font styles specified on Web pages
[/] Ignore font sizes specified on Web pages
- In Firefox early versions, the text should resize even if the Web site text is not “coded” for flexibility. However the sections of the Web site may not resize, making it difficult to use the site with large text. This is because the Web site was designed with “hard-coded” or “absolute” sizes. Firefox does not resize images.
- Opera resizes all aspects of a Web site, including font, images, and sections. Resizing should work fairly well in Opera. even if the Web site is not “coded” for flexibility.
Turning off the style sheet gives a plain layout view, which:
- makes text black on a white background (or however your browser is set)
- puts all the information in one column (called “linearized”)
- leaves content images
- removes background images
Many browsers provide functionality to set different aspects of font and color. Below are examples of how to access this functionality.
To access functionality:
Windows Menu items: Tools Options
Macintosh Menu items: Firefox Preferences
In dialog box: General (in the left pane), Fonts Colors (button)
Windows Menu items: Tools Preferences
Macintosh Menu items: Opera Preferences
In dialog box: Fonts and Page Style (in the left pane)
It is not an accessibility requirement that websites include information on changing text sizes and colors like this page. WAI chose to include this information to help people who want to know how to change their browser settings and may not know how.
Web browsers and websites should be designed following WAI guidelines so that people can easily change text sizes and colors.
W3C WAI does not endorse specific Web browsers and does not recommend one browser over another. While some common browsers are included in this page, mention of a specific browser does not imply endorsement or recommendation.
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Status: Draft updated 2005
Editor: Shawn Lawton Henry. Developed with the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG ).