Web Browser Advice
Resizing Text and Images
To zoom on the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer and Safari for Windows, hold down the Ctrl key and press +, - and 0 to obtain the zoom level best for you. Other browsers or platforms may use other keys. For example, Mac users usually hold down the Command key, rather than the Ctrl key, in combination with +, - and 0.
Sighted Mouse Users
We recommend using an up to date, web standards compliant browser. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Konqueror are examples and can all be downloaded and used free of charge. For a number of reasons we would not normally advise using Internet Explorer, particularly older versions.
Screen Reader Users
Most screen readers support only one or two browsers, most often Internet Explorer is the best, or only, choice.
Keyboard Only Users
Keyboard users might find the free Opera browser a good choice, due to the ability to move horizontally and vertically between links using its unique (shift) cursor key navigation.
The Safari browser does not tab links by default. Click Cog icon, select Preferences, click Advanced and tick Press Tab to highlight each item on a webpage to rectify this
Visually Impaired Users
This section gives general guidance only and is not intended to be exhaustive. We give a little more detail for two of our favourite browsers, Firefox and Opera, by way of example. For more information, please refer to the documentation for your browser, or follow the links provided.
Firefox allows you to set your own font styles, minimum font size and colours by using the Tools, Options, Content, Fonts and Colors, Advanced and Colors dialogs. Remember to untick the checkboxes "Allow pages to check their own..." for your choices to take effect.
Alternatively, Firefox will override all other settings if you choose to use a High Contrast theme in the Accessibility Options feature of the Windows Control Panel.
A third way of controlling the appearance of web pages in Firefox is to use your own CSS stylesheet.
Opera allows you to set the zoom, font styles and colours on the Settings, Preferences, Webpages dialog. This will not be used until you have also visited Settings, Preferences, Advanced, Content, Style Options, Presentation Modes and ticked the My fonts and colors boxes and cleared the other boxes.
Alternatively, Opera lets you select from one of a number of user stylesheets it provides (or provide your own). This is done by visiting the Settings, Preferences, Advanced, Content, Style Options, Display dialog and using th Choose button to select a CSS file from inside the user folder of Opera's styles folder. This will not be used until you have also visited Settings, Preferences, Advanced, Content, Style Options, Presentation Modes and ticked the My style sheet boxes and cleared the other boxes.
Internet Explorer 8
IE8 also has good accessibility features, which are well documented.
Safari and Chrome
Our general impression is that these two browser, whilst generally excellent, do not provide quite the level of ease of customisation as the ones previously mentioned.