A font resizing widget enables your blog readers to easily increase the font size to suit their comfort level for reading.
It seems like a handy tool to make available to readers to increase accessibility. However, as is often the case with features that appear, at first glance, to improve accessibility, there is no consensus on whether providing such a tool is actually a help or a hindrance.
Advantages of a Font Resizer
Proponents of this feature say it provides a quick way for people to adjust the font size when needed. The feature is ideal for individuals who do not need a full blown magnification program (e.g., aisquared’s ZoomText) and for individuals with limited internet experience who do not know how to change the font size settings within their browser.
The feature also assists individuals with cognitive impairments who do not have the skills to adjust their browser settings or who are locked out of their browser settings.
Disadvantages of a Font Resizer
Proponents of this feature say it adds more clutter to the site, particularly for keyboard users who then must tab through more content to reach the content they want. They claim that adding such a feature benefits a select few while negatively impacting the experience of many. They offer that it is better to educate readers on how to change standard browser settings.
In his post Web Accessibility Preferences Are For Sissies?, which discusses the disadvantages in greater depth, Jared Smith points out, "There may be places where accessibility preferences, widgets, or controls are justified. My point is that they always come at a very steep cost – and that developers should balance the possible advantages of web accessibility preferences with the significant disadvantages."
What Do You Say?
Do you provide a font resizing widget on your blog? Would it depend upon your targeted audience of your blog? Do you wish more or fewer bloggers included such a feature? Share your thoughts in the comments below.