Accessibility

Find everything you need to know about digital accessibility & equality on Digital A11Y and hopefully some useful insights below:

Zoom

Zoom in or out: Place two fingers on the touchpad and pinch in or stretch out – or apply Ctrl+Scroll with mouse wheel.

Toggle Mode

Switch between dark and light mode to view this site.

Translate

Choose your browser below and you will be taken to its respective translator user guide or extensions collection.

Chrome Firefox Edge Safari

Quick guide for Edge:
→ Right-click and choose the Translate To [Language] option from the menu. The computer will automatically start translating the text using the system language settings.

Read Aloud

Choose your browser below and you will be taken to its respective read aloud user guide or extensions collection.

Chrome Firefox Edge Safari

Quick guide for Edge:
→ Right-click and choose the Read Aloud option from the menu. The computer voice will start reading the text to you and will highlight each word as it’s reading.

Immersivity

Chrome

The Chrome browser supports screen readers and magnifiers and offers people with low vision full-page zoom, high-contrast color and extensions. Extensions that can help users with special needs enjoy the web. These Tools convert text to speech, enhance colors and enlarge text as well as other parts of pages. Did you know? Chrome OS includes built-in accessibility features like ChromeVox, High Contrast Mode and Select-to-Speak.

Firefox

Firefox includes many Accessibility 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.

Edge

The Immersive Reader simplifies a web page layout, removes clutter and lets you customize your reading experience. It is designed to meet the needs of readers with dyslexia and dysgraphia or anyone who wants to make reading on their device easier.

Safari

Built‑in features that work the way you do. Make them yours and make something wonderful with these Cognitive Features

Caret Browsing

You can highlight and copy text from browser pages using several ways besides using your mouse or trackpad. If your PC has a touchscreen, you could use your fingers. For computers without a touchscreen, you could use Caret Browsing (also known as Caret Navigation) which is a feature that lets you explore webpages using only the navigation keys on your keyboard. This type of navigation is commonly used in word processors and text editors.

With Caret Browsing, you can also select a huge chunk of texts on webpages more accurately than using your computer’s mouse or trackpad. The caret is the name of the vertical “|” text cursor.

In Chrome, Firefox and Edge, you can enable Caret Browsing through a hotkey. Hit F7 and click Yes to turn on Caret Browsing. Do the same to disable the feature. Some popular browsers like Safari and Opera don’t support Caret Navigation but surprisingly, IE does.

Caret Browsing - How To

Website Access

Your internet connection allows you to send and receive data on the web. When you type a web address into your browser:

a) The browser goes to the DNS server (→ Domain Name Servers are like an address book for websites) and finds the real address of the server that the website lives on. b) The browser sends an HTTP request message (→ Hypertext Transfer Protocol is an application protocol that defines a language for clients and servers to speak to each other) to the server, asking it to send a copy of the website to the client. This message and all other data sent between the client and the server is sent across your internet connection using TCP/IP (→ Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol are communication protocols that define how data should travel across the internet).

c) If the server approves the client’s request, the server sends the client a message which means “Of course you can look at that website! Here it is.” and then starts sending the website’s files to the browser as a series of small chunks called data packets. d) The browser assembles the small chunks into a complete web page and displays it to you.

A website is made up of many different files which come in two main types → Code files: Primarily HTML, CSS, JS & Co. and Assets: This is a collective name for all the other stuff that makes up a website such as images, music, video etc.

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