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How to Use Accessibility Features in Firefox 9

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How to Use Accessibility Features in Firefox 9

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By default, all images within a Web page are rendered whenever that page is loaded in Firefox. On many sites, each of these images has an ALT attribute associated with it. The value of this attribute is usually a string of text describing the image itself, intended for use whenever the actual image does not load. For accessibility purposes, you may want the ALT text to be displayed in place of an image. Firefox provides a setting which, when disabled, allows this situation to occur for all Web page images. To disable images from loading within your browser, take the following steps.

Windows

  • Open your Firefox browser.
  • Click on the Firefox button, located in the upper left hand corner of your browser window.
  • When the drop-down menu appears, click on Options.
  • Firefox’s Options dialog should now be displayed, overlaying your browser window. Click on the Content tab.
  • Towards the top of the Content tab is an option labeled Load images automatically. Remove the check mark accompanying this option to prevent all images from loading within Firefox. Note that you can still allow images to load on certain sites if you wish. To do so, click on the Exceptions… button found directly to the right of this option.
  • Click OK to return to your main browser window.

Mac OS X

  • Open your Firefox browser.
  • Click on Firefox in the Firefox menu, located at the top of the screen.
  • When the drop-down menu appears, click on Preferences.
  • Firefox’s Preferences dialog should now be displayed, overlaying your browser window. Click on the Content tab.
  • Towards the top of the Content tab is an option labeled Load images automatically. Remove the check mark accompanying this option to prevent all images from loading within Firefox. Note that you can still allow images to load on certain sites if you wish. To do so, click on the Exceptions… button found directly to the right of this option.
  • Click on the red ‘X’ button, located in the upper left hand corner of the dialog, to return to your main browser window.

Linux

  • Open your Firefox browser.
  • Click Edit in the Firefox menu, located at the top of the screen.
  • When the drop-down menu appears, click on Preferences.
  • Firefox’s Preferences dialog should now be displayed, overlaying your browser window. Click on the Content tab.
  • Towards the top of the Content tab is an option labeled Load images automatically. Remove the check mark accompanying this option to prevent all images from loading within Firefox. Note that you can still allow images to load on certain sites if you wish. To do so, click on the Exceptions… button found directly to the right of this option.
  • Click on the Close button to return to your main browser window.

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