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ATbar has been created as an open-source, cross-browser toolbar to help users customise the way they view and interact with web pages. The concept behind ATbar is simple: one toolbar to provide all of the functionality you would usually achieve through the use of different settings or products.
ATbar is free and allows you to change the look and feel of webpages, have text read aloud and spell check forms. It is a simple tool which is available for most popular browsers.
The ATbar can be found in the footer of all web pages on our website.
Find out more about the features of ATbar....
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Maximise and Minimise Text - Select the Magnifiers button to increase or decrease the size of text. If text resizing makes the site unreadable you may wish to use your browser zoom feature to increase both the image and the text sizes.
Font changes - Select the Font button for font and line spacing changes. You can choose a different type of font for the text and increase line spacing.
Spellchecker - Select the Spell Checker button while writing in a plain text form. Suggestions are shown below the text-area after a pause. Disable the checker by selecting the button once more. Note that this may not work with rich-text editors that already have spell checkers.
Dictionary - Select the Dictionary button after highlighting a word in the web page and a definition from Wiktionary will appear.
Text to speech - You need to highlight a portion of text before selecting the Text-to-Speech button to have only that text read out. Wait for that section to finish before highlighting a new section of text. Note that large pages, such as Facebook pages, may require you to select smaller portions of text at a time.
Readability is a service that allows the user to read web pages without much of the usual clutter. It is possible to print, share are read pages later. The service works on a mobile and tablet. You will need to relaunch the ATbar to use text to speech etc. Return to the original view by using your browser back page menu button or the one offered by the Readability service.
Word prediction is offered by AIType and will work with most plain text edit forms. Select the menu button and begin typing. Allow a second for the word list to appear after the first few letters. It allows users to finish the word or choose another. It can help with spelling, word finding and may even speed typing. There are some rich text editors and Flash based forms where the prediction box may not appear or be affected by the web page design.
Change Styles - Select the Styles button to change look and feel. To alter the colour of the ATbar toolbar, change the web page colours – background, text and links or choose pre-made page styles. Some web page colour changes also impact on the toolbar.
Overlay Colour changes - Select the overlay button to provide a colour tint over the entire webpage. You will see a choice of colours – cream, pink, pale blue and pale green. These buttons toggle the colour overlay on and off. The main overlay button will hide the buttons and return the web site to its original colour. You can click through the overlay in Chrome, Safari and Firefox but only read if using Opera and Internet Explorer.
Return or Revert - Select the return menu if you wish to restore the webpage to its original style.
Close - Select close to exit ATbar.