The Web Design Group

WiDGets for IE4

WiDGets are free authoring tools and accessibility add-ons for Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x for Windows 95/NT4. The following WiDGets are available:

HTML Validation WiDGet

This WiDGet adds a "Validate HTML" option to IE4's popup menu that is shown when right-clicking on a Web page. The option validates the current document's HTML using the WDG HTML Validator.

Download the HTML Validation WiDGet 1.0 (9 kB ZIP)

Disable Style Sheets WiDGet

This WiDGet adds a "Disable Style Sheets" option to IE4's popup menu that is shown when right-clicking on a Web page. The option disables external and embedded style sheets, allowing authors to quickly check that their pages are accessible without style sheets while also allowing end users to easily disable style sheets on any Web page.

Download the Disable Style Sheets WiDGet 0.9 (9 kB ZIP)

Change Style WiDGet

This WiDGet adds a "Change Style" option to IE4's popup menu that is shown when right-clicking on a Web page. The option disables any style sheets in the current document and applies a random style sheet from an experimental styleserver. This WiDGet allows authors to visually check the quality of their HTML while allowing end users to give any document a unique, attractive presentation.

Download the Change Style WiDGet 1.0 (9 kB ZIP)

Append Style WiDGet and Prepend Style WiDGet

These WiDGets add "Append Style" and "Prepend Style" options to IE4's popup menu that is shown when right-clicking on a Web page. The options append or prepend a random style sheet from an experimental styleserver to the document's collection of style sheets. These WiDGets allow authors to visually check the ability of their style sheets to cascade with other style sheets.

Remove Images WiDGet

This WiDGet adds a "Remove Images" option to IE4's popup menu that is shown when right-clicking on a Web page. The option removes all images and replaces them with their alternative text, allowing authors to check that their pages are accessible to text-only users. This WiDGet also allows end users to display pages in a more readable format than IE4 would otherwise allow with image loading turned off.

Download the Remove Images WiDGet 0.4 (10 kB ZIP)

Installation Instructions

To install a WiDGet, unzip the downloaded file into a temporary directory. From Windows Explorer, right-click on the unzipped file with the extension inf and select Install. Restart Internet Explorer if it is already running.

Known Issues

Acknowledgements

Special thanks go to Todd Fahrner for his creative ideas and for providing the amazing style sheets used by three of the style WiDGets.

License

WiDGets are free programs; you can redistribute them and/or modify them under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but without any warranty; without even the implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. See the GNU General Public License for more details.