February 13th, 2006
Quite often during usability tests, a participant will complain to me that they can’t read a web page because the text is too small. Well friends, there is a way around this, and it’s so useful that even I use it, and I’m not even visually enfeebled.
It’s simplest if you’ve got a mouse with a scroll-wheel (that’s the rocker between main buttons). Hold down the ctrl key on your keyboard and rock the scoll-wheel backwards and forwards. Voila!
If you’re don’t have a scroll-wheel, you can effect the same change using the using view > text-size in the menu (or something similar depending on your browser). The only exception is that Internet Explorer will not resize fonts if they’ve been specified in pixels (rather than ems or %’s, like good web developers use) in the source code of the page. If nothing happens, this is what’s going on. The solution, of course, is for you to get a better browser than Internet Explorer.