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KENT—Kent News, Inc. (KNI), the publisher of The Kent Good Times Dispatch, has announced accessibility updates to its website in order to increase ease of reading of the online newspaper for readers who may have visual impairments.

A basic accessibility widget, a white stick figure on a blue background, on the right side of the website, is visible on every page.

This screenshot shows how the blue and white accessibility widget appears when viewed on a mobile device.

Clicking on the widget opens up a low vision menu, allowing readers to choose from many options, including multiple options all at once. When options are selected, they turn light gray.

The full low vision accessibility menu expands from the right.
This example shows three selected options: increase text, readable font, and highlight links.

Once choices have been made, readers can close the menu using the X at the top left to see the changes in effect. The choices shown in the example make the font larger and sans serif, in addition to placing boxes around links, making links easier to identify.

This screenshot demonstrates the changes selected: a sanserif font in an increased size, with highlighted links.

Readers are encouraged to find the best combination of settings as needed. Future accessibility options are being explored by KNI, to include text-to-speech readers, contingent on funding and technology compatibility. Those with questions about website accessibility can contact the board of directors of KNI.

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