Accessibility - ATbar

Web Accessibility Tool

View the ATbar website to add this tool to your web browser or to download onto your computer

Accessibility Toolbar or ATbar is a cross browser accessibility toolbar which can be added to a user’s browser to make it easier to navigate websites. The toolbar will enable you to enlarge text, change font, style and size or increased line spacing. You also have the option to use a dictionary, text-to-speech, and spell checking.

ATbar Features

Fix the Web

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Maximize & Minimize Text

Select the Magnifiers button to increase or decrease the size of text. If text resizing makes the site unreadable you may wish to use your browser zoom feature to increase both the image and the text sizes.

Font

Select the Font button to choose a different type of font for the text and increase line spacing.

Spellchecker

Select the Spell Checker button while writing in a plain text form. Suggestions are shown below the text-area after a pause. Disable the checker by selecting the button once more. Note that this may not work with rich-text editors that already have spell checkers.

Dictionary

Select the Dictionary button after highlighting a word in the web page and a definition from Wiktionary will appear.

Text to Speech

Select the text-to-speech button and choose whether you want the whole page read out loud, or just the highlighted text. And yes, you can highlight a portion of text before selecting the Text-to-Speech button to have only that text read out. Wait for that section to finish before highlighting a new section of text. Note that large pages, such as Facebook pages, may require you to select smaller portions of text at a time.

References

Select the References button and ATbar will scan the page for referencing information - it will collect as much as it can linked to authorship, dates, title of the page, name of the website and the URL. Once you have selected the green tick you can highlight the text and copy it into any notepad or word processor.

Change Styles

Select the Styles button to alter the colour of the ATbar toolbar, change the web page colours - background, text and links or choose pre-made page styles. Some web page colour changes also impact on the toolbar.

Help

Select help to gain access to instructions for use.

Return

Select the return menu if you wish to restore the webpage to its original style.

Close

Select close to exit ATbar.