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Re: User Stylesheets are Assistive Technology

From: Userite <richard@userite.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:22:48 +0100
Message-ID: <1BFA218F55134679869B541ECD9899B8@RichardPC>
To: "Wayne Dick" <wayneedick@gmail.com>, "W3C WAI ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Just to let you know that Firefox has the option to over-ride the website’s stylesheet for fonts and colours.  I use it sometimes for my dyslexic nephew by setting yellow color and blue back-ground color.  

You can set any combination you want,  Just go to the menu pull-down (top right) and select options.
Go down to Language and Appearance – fonts and colors.  Select your options and set Override the colors to Always.

Internet Explorer also allows you to over-ride colors or even to set your own stylesheet. Go to options menu (top right) and select “Internet Options”.  In the general tab you can set colors etc, or select the Accessibility button slelect your own stylesheet.

If you decide to use your own stylesheet don’t forget to use the css selector *
For example
* { color: yellow;       
background-color: blue;  }

Does the same trick and changes everything whilst *p only changes paragraphs.

Hope that helps
Richard Warren


From: Wayne Dick 
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:50 AM
To: W3C WAI ig 
Subject: User Stylesheets are Assistive Technology

There are lots of people who claim to be accessibility experts who disregard the value of user stylesheets as a significant technology to mitigate problems of visual interface. Actually they work quite well. 

This technology is used primarily be people who are left out of the mainstream ATs. They are a way to change colors, ensure a personalized contrast ration, control column width and many other things.

I use Safari because the browser will host user stylesheets. It is too bad that other browsers decided to stop supporting this important assistive technology.

I think the AG should at least recognize that this is a form of assistive technology that is available in a technology landscape that offers almost nothing useful for most people with low vision and cognitive disabilities.

For those who want to tell me how wonderful screen magnifiers are if I just used them correctly, don't bother. I probably know how to use them better than you. For my needs, screen magnification scores zero.

Wayne Dick
Received on Thursday, 19 July 2018 12:23:19 UTC

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