Accessible Book Collection
Stylesheet Generator (H1)


Introduction (H2)

Personal stylesheets let each reader design the presentation of their own Accessible Book Collection e-book. By using this Stylesheet Generator your Accessible Book Collection e-books will be displayed just as you design them. Larger text, different colors, narrower margins, different font--it's up to you. After preparing and downloading your personal stylesheet you save it, and instruct Internet Explorer to use your stylesheet.  You may also use these stylesheets for web browsing. However, most web sites and web browsers are not fully compliant with standards set for the World Wide Web and therefore will not adhere to all the options you chose in the Accessible Book Collection Stylesheet Generator. As a matter of fact, only Accessible Book Collection e-books that have the letters "XHTML" within the file name will fully work with the stylesheets you make with this tool.

Each folder that contains an Accessible Book Collection e-book there are two files that end in ".html". One file will look like this--<MyBook.html>. If you click on this file it will open in your browser and be formatted and ready to read. You can change only the background color on it using the form on the top of the page.

The other file looks like this--<MyBookXHTML.html>. If you click on this file it will open in your browser and it will appear with essentially no formatting. It must obtain its formatting instructions from the personal stylesheet that you make with the Accessible Book Collection Stylesheet Generator. To obtain these formatting instructions follow the instructions below.


Instructions (H2)

  1. Click the button that says "Revise Stylesheet" at the top of this page.
  2. On the next page enter the values you feel would be appropriate. Then click the button named "Revise Stylesheet" at the bottom of the next page.
  3. You will be returned to this page. If you are satisfied with the way this page is displayed click "Prepare This Stylesheet" at the top of this page.
  4. Your new custom stylesheet will automatically download and open in your default text editor.
  5. Save it with a unique and descriptive name to a location where you can conveniently find it.
  6. Open Internet Explorer.
  7. Click "Tools".
  8. Click "Internet Options..."
  9. Click "Accessibility..."
  10. Select "Format documents using my style sheet"
  11. Click "Browse..." and navigate to the custom stylesheet you prepared and open it.
  12. Click "OK"
  13. Click "OK"

When you open an Accessible Book Collection e-book that includes the letters XHTML within the file name it will be displayed as you designed it with this tool.

Options Available (H3)

Margins (H4)

Most readers find  narrow columns as in a newspaper easier to read than full width pages. You can make the text display in our e-books appear as narrow as a newspaper column or as wide as your computer screen.

Colors (H4)

You get to decide background color and font color. Chose a color that fits you. High contrast colors are typically the easiest to read. Black text on on a white background is typical but other colors can help reduce tedium. For readers with vision impairments white text on a black background may be preferred. Different heading colors can help organize the text. For example,  book titles are tagged as <h1>. You may chose the color and relative text size for all heading. Accessible Book Collection e-books use only <h1> and <h2> and occasionally <h3>. We use <h2> for chapter titles and sometimes for the names of the authors. We've included the other headings (h3, h4, h5, and h6) attributes in the Stylesheet Generator so the this tool would be more complete and universal in its application.

The link color is important so the reader will easily be able to determine the link's existence. Navigational links to chapters are typical in our e-books. Some of our books include glossaries and we will often include  links to the glossary.

Spacing (H4)

Spacing can be important to some readers. In this section you have the opportunity to adjust the spacing of letters, words, line height and paragraphs.

Fonts (h4)

When adjusting font sizes we suggest that you only adjust the setting for <Font Size>. The font size for the heading will automatically be adjusted relative to the size of your adjustment for <Font Size>

You probably do not have the APHont  font installed on your computer. This font was designed by American Printing House for the Blind. and there is evidence that it does help those with low vision. It is free but may be used only by those with a vision impairment. Click here for more information.