Zen Road
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The word accessibility is used in the Web to mean an ease of access to the site irrespective of a person’s physical or mental disabilities.

Blind people usually have a hard time when surfing the Web. They have a so–called screen reader program which reads aloud the content which they cannot see. If the website is designed with all its important content as text, this is OK. However, many websites make use of colourful pictures and animations which cannot be “seen” by a blind person: if the navigation is similarly visual rather than textual, it is likely that he or she will not be able to navigate the site.

There are similar restrictions for people suffering from epilepsy (no flashing content or rapidly moving pictures) and for people with physical disabilities who cannot use the mouse (links and the navigation must be easily accessible via the keyboard).

changing the font size

An important aspect of accessibility is already working on this page: all the text can be made larger or smaller to suit your eyesight. Use the settings of your browser to change the type size. In Internet Explorer, for example, the setting can be found under: View / Text size. In other browsers, the key combination CTRL and + or - usually has the same effect.

style switch

Even better than changing the browser settings, you can use the style switch at the top right of the Zen Road page. Just choose one of different display styles and press the change button:

makes everything black-and white. All the background is white, all text is black and in large letters. Links appear in the default colours defined in your own browser settings — we do not override them here.
zen road style
this is the Zen Road house style: lots of gawdy colours with links in the same colour scheme.
a helpful setting if you have trouble distinguishing colours on a computer monitor. The text is large and mostly bright yellow or white on a very dark background. Links are matched to the overall yellow tone.
the content of the site is displayed in a linear fashion, without all colours, boxes and fancy styles. People nostalgic of the early days of the web might be reminded of Netscape Navigator in its first versions. For people with sight, the linear setting gives them an idea what it is like for a blind person to surf the internet — each page just starts at the top and goes down to the bottom. No colours, positioning or grouping of page elements can help to discern the structure of the page.

The style switch uses cookies to remember which style you chose as you move from page to page. It won’t work if cookies are disabled.

There are many more aspects to the making of an accessible website. For Zen Road we want to make the site content available to anybody who is interested in Zen and hope that their visit to the site will be a pleasurable experience.

“accessible zen”

Zen is an open, undogmatic practice. It offers any- and everyone the opportunity, via meditation to understand and to accept themselves and so to see the world, just as it is. Zen is not bound to any confession; it is defined by doing — the practice of Zazen — rather than by a system of beliefs.

Sitting meditation can be practised without any problem by the visually and aurally handicapped. People who have difficulty sitting cross-legged on a cushion can practise Zazen sitting on a chair or in a wheelchair.