I love iOS because of the zoomability, it makes print accessible to me. With these eyes, I gotta zoom in, people. The simple gesture of a two fingered touch-and-part to activate it happens frequently on my device. These eyes need magnification. These eyes sometimes need the electronic serving of a Big Gulp in font size. I’m overdue for a case of extensor tendonitis.
But at times, using iOS sends me to the unreadable–to these eyes–mobile sites. I cringe at “responsive design” which recognizes the device accessing a webpage and automatically loads a sized-to-screen version as they say with optimal view AKA to me inaccessible view. Conscientious web designers who adhere to accessibility principles include a View Desktop Site and font adjustment links to disrupt responsive design. Many web designers, sadly, do not.
I’ve written about other browser choices because they allow me to evade mobile sites. But, guess what. I discovered a little trick to override mobile sites within Safari. Here are some screenshots with description to show you the way.
Visit a webpage that defaults on iOS to Mobile Site View like NYTimes.com
Press and hold the Refresh arrow on the top right until the menu bar appears.
Select Request Desktop Site. Notice how Desktop View happens.
Enjoy the zoom.
One drawback. After using this method perfectly for over a week with Safari, some websites started to ignore the desktop site request, keeping me stuck in Mobile Site Land. Luckily, we still have Atomic and Puffin and Chrome, the bespoke browsers, to cozy up with digital print.
Do you zoom in while using the web? Where have you been prevented from enlarging an image or text? What makes your digital media experience better? Tell me about it.