This is really just a suggestion for the many "oldies" among us , although if you find it hard to read text, such as this forum's "quoted text" or certain "Flash" websites, it definitely is technical support.
The latest Firefox 3 update (v. 3.05) includes a brilliant Zoom function, which will magnify an entire webpage, or optionally just the text, by any amount just by pressing "CTRL" together with the "+" or "-" keys, or "0" to reset.
Like the similar feature in Internet Explorer, It seems to work very well on all types of website and web page BUT Firefox tries to maintain the page width, so none of that annoying sideways scrolling, and you can (as I have) set it to magnify only the text, not images. Also, Firefox maintains text spacing and image placement (HWI smilies!!!) much better than IE7.
Well with my old eyes, this now solves one of my biggest annoyances so I will almost certainly now switch mainly to using Firefox instead of Internet Explorer, which seems to have a less effective zoom method - the Firefox one is better. I do not know if other browsers do this too.
Incidentally, using this feature now lets me use the higher screen resolutions that my monitor allows (above 1024x768) as I don't have to worry about not being able to read the smaller text.
I just thought I'd share that with my fellow "oldie" members of the forum.
This is turning into a bit of a 'which browser is best' thread isn't it!
Google's Chrome browser is a bit different than Firefox user interface-wise, and I'm not really sure how much I like it. However, for those with slow computers and/or internet connections, it may be a good choice. When I find Firefox to be slow, I switch into Chrome and everything is faster.
Not exactly on topic, but I have recently found that IE is getting slower and slower as it becomes more and more resource hungry.
So, I have found the solution! Ditch it and use Firefox. It's much quicker.
I also believe Chrome is also very fast.
Interesting experience sharing, thank you. While still on Windows I used Safari, originally for the Mac and have to say that Safari on the Mac remains the fastest in my experience. On Windows, unscientifically I felt it had the edge of Firefox.
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Well I should have known when I started this thread that I might start a debate!
I have IE, Firefox, Safari and Opera installed on my PC and I find the most useful to be Firefox. It's the slowest though, overall - and sometimes crawls when browsing YouTube or testing our videos there for example, so I then switch to one of the others.
However, Firefox has by far the widest range of useful free add-ons, for example I use FireFTP, Web Developer and Download Helper - but that comes at a cost of lots of code, which slows it down at times.
So although I try to avoid Internet explorer like the plague, I use whatever suits me at the time and that's what I'd recommend to everyone.
Edit - the slow Firefox on Youtube seems to have been a bug in Download Helper, recently fixed. All is now well.