The BBC has launched the trial of a new tool to allow users to change the way text is presented on the web pages of bbc.co.uk.
The new tool – MyDisplay – has been developed for the many users who struggle with reading text on websites, particularly those with autism and Asperger syndrome, vision impairments, dyslexia and ADHD. If the trial is successful, visitors to bbc.co.uk will be able to alter the text size, spacing, font and style of the web copy, or change the text and background colours to whatever combination they prefer.
MyDisplay is free and works on any computer and browser and even on smartphones, such as the iPhone, and Android phones. It is very simple to turn on, works on computers with locked-down browser and operating settings, and does not require any downloads.
Jonathan Hassell, Head of Usability and Accessibility, BBC Future Media & Technology, said: “We’ve user-tested the MyDisplay tool with about 100 of its target users during the development process. Now we’re keen for more people to try the tool and tell us what they think of it before we decide whether or not it’s ready to launch. And if the tool proves popular, we will also look into the possibility of sharing it with other websites to give users a personalised experience of more of the web.”
You can trial MyDisplay at www.bbc.co.uk/mydisplay and let the BBC know your thoughts via the feedback form on the MyDisplay webpage.
Results of the trial are due to be reviewed in June 2011.