Overview: Accessibility


Internet Explorer 5 makes the Web more accessible to computer users with disabilities. You can customize Internet Explorer for users with different types of disabilities, including users who are blind or have low vision, users who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, or users with physical impairments, seizure disorders, or cognitive or language impairments.

The sections in this chapter cover the following topics:

  • Accessibility benefits offered by Internet Explorer

  • Upgrade considerations for users transitioning from previous versions of Internet Explorer

  • Suggested features that can benefit users with different types of disabilities

  • Keyboard navigation within the Internet Explorer browser, Internet Explorer Help, the Windows Desktop Update (if installed), and Web pages

  • Customization of fonts, colors, and styles on Web pages, the Windows Desktop Update (if installed), and Internet Explorer Help

  • Advanced Internet accessibility options, such as disabling or enabling sounds, images, and animations; the use of smooth scrolling; and the treatment of links

  • Accessibility features and keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft NetMeeting

  • Other accessibility resources, including telephone numbers, postal addresses, and Web sites