If either Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows XP is your operating system, you can use Internet Options to set your own stylesheet the way you want to display the world wide web using Internet Explorer. For instance: you can set the background color to always be white. Or you can set your font to always be a certain font as you browse. You can control the size of the fonts. For users with visual issues, this can make your whole internet experience more functional for you. This changing of how your computer displays to you is accomplished through the use of a Cascading StyleSheet.
Generally the Notepad.exe file, which most people use as an editor for the stylesheet, is located in the Windows folder on the C:\ drive. If you open your Windows Explorer and browse to the C:\ drive, browse to the Window folder, in most cases the Notepad will be in the folder.
The Directory | Path | Filename for Notepad on most computers using Windows is:
If you have located the file in Windows Explorer, right-click on the file name and select "Open" from the context menu. You may opt to click on the file name, press Shift-F10 and use the up-arrow to select "Open," click Enter key to open.
If you cannot locate the Notepad.exe on your computer, below there are several optional methods to getting the file to execute. If worse comes to worst: click the Start Button and select Search | For Files or Folders... enter in Notepad and remember to set the search on your C:\ drive.
The Start Button | Run... method is a really good way to open files on your computer. It is a command line utility, which means if you enter in Notepad it will execute your NOTEPAD.EXE executable program. The same goes if you enter in Explorer it will execute your Windows Explorer EXPLORER.EXE executable program. (You must click the OK button). Also notice there is a Browse... feature with which you may browse your hard drive and find the program you wish to open.
This button will call for the source of a blank text file located at this site. Its URL is: http://www.shootsrubberbandsatthestars.com/.txt notice there is no file name only the .txt format. Not all personal computers are the same, to say the least, but this button should open up your default text editor, which is usually Notepad in Windows. If you write something like a test file --- be sure to remember where you save the file on your computer. My humble suggestion is to locate the file inside the C:\WINDOWS folder and get used to browsing to that folder. If you try and save the file to the Desktop it is somewhat more difficult to browse to the file. Examples: Using Win95, Win98, you end up browsing to C:\WINDOWS\DESKTOP anyway. In WinXP I have to browse to C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\MARK MASTERS\DESKTOP to reach the Desktop.
This blank.css Button and Link call for a file located at this site. The URL is: http://www.shootsrubberbandsatthestars.com/braille/css-files/blank.css and for my setup here on this computer this method of getting Notepad to open up is as good as any other method. The default .css editor on this computer is Notepad and it pops open quickly when I click either the Button or the Link. Using Internet Explorer an additional option is to right-click the Link and select Save Target As... Or if you are using Netscape right-click the Link and select Save Link Target As...
If you are using Internet Explorer you can just type anywhere on this page: css and it should open up your Notepad. This going to call up a file at this site: http://www.shootsrubberbandsatthestars.com/braille/css-files/blank.css
If you are using Internet Explorer you can open your Notepad.exe using the "File Download" for your protection. But that is not the whole story. This is you opening up your Notepad.exe on your computer (click this to see a screenshot of the interface). This is not "downloading" even though it says it is. What this method requires is a modicum of trust on your part that this button does not call a malicious program to execute. For instance a webdesigner might maliciously get you to execute the C:\FORMAT which basically deletes and formats your hard drive. Microsoft puts you the user in the driver's seat deciding whether or not to open up one of your executable files. This method requires you to click the Open Button, and generally should be Canceled for your protection. This being written, I promise you that the Buttons and Link below in this red dotted box only try to open your Notepad.exe.
The following images are to show graphically how to:
3.1 Click your Start Button, and selecting Control Panel
3.2 Control Panel, and what is highlighted in the image is Internet Options
3.3 Internet Options, and the red-circled Accessibility Button
3.4 Accessibility User Style Sheet, which is the point of this page. In this little interface you can set how you want to display the internet.
By default in Windows puts the Taskbar along the bottom edge of the screen. This can be changed (I usually miss-click-and-drag the taskbar and it ends up on one side ofthe screen), but usually it is at the bottom of the screen with the Start Button in lower left corner.
I check mark each four of the boxes to the left, and Browse... for the .css file (which I usually locate in my C:\WINDOWS folder). In the following sections find some directions on how to write you own cascading style sheet.
Your computer is going to recognize your style sheet if you specify where it is located on your computer using the 3.4 Accessibility User Style Sheet. Let me advise again that C:\Windows is a good folder to hold your .css file. First you must write the sheet, then point the computer at that sheet. The idea is in this case you intend to ignore format by webauthors, in favor of a more readable font. There are other other tags than covered by this Access page, I think we only cover the <body> tag. Here is a W3C example of more tags REC-CSS2 which might be edited to suit your viewing needs.
I like the Garamond font, but I never use it really. I believe it is the source font to the google.com logo (brilliant search engine). Anyway, below is an example of the Garamond font to be used in a stylesheet:
Arial is by far my favorite font, it seems so readable and basic. It also reminds of elementary school and those handwriting posterboards above the chalkboard. It is also a very in depth well designed font, and the Unicode version of the font is done through and through.