Firefox 4 released with improved accessibility

Friday, 25 March 2011 15:40pm

Mozilla has released a significant upgrade to its web browser with Firefox 4.

Firefox promotes itself to be faster and easier to use and is now available for download. Regular Firefox users may not notice much of an improvement over Firefox 3, but this is due to Mozilla constantly updating its web browser in incremental steps, rather than having a big release like the recent release of Internet Explorer 9

The browser experience may not appear significantly different, however the interface is far more accessible, having been simplified in the following ways:

  • the tabs have been moved to the top
  • the toolbars have been significantly de-cluttered
  • it’s much easier to enter web addresses and use the browser

All the standard accessibility features remain with the browser being highly customisable with colours and fonts. 

Firefox is one of the leaders in supporting new W3C web technologies such as WAI-ARIA and HTML 5. There is greater support for web developers to provide information to screen readers.


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