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Oracle Solaris 11 Accessibility Guide for the GNOME Desktop     Oracle Solaris 11 Information Library
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1.  Introduction to Accessibility

2.  Using Assistive Technologies

3.  Configuring the Mouse and Keyboard

4.  Using the Keyboard to Navigate the Desktop

5.  Customizing the Appearance of the Desktop

Customization Options

Using Themes to Customize the Desktop

Introduction to Themes

To Choose a Theme

To Modify the Controls Setting for a Theme

To Modify the Color Setting for a Theme

To Modify the Window Border Setting for a Theme

To Modify the Icon Setting for a Theme

To Modify the Mouse Pointer Setting for a Theme

Customizing Specific Components of the Desktop

To Customize the Desktop Background

To Set the Background to a Solid or Gradated Color

To Set the Background to a Picture

To Customize Desktop Background Objects

Customizing Fonts

Customizing the Desktop Fonts

Customizing Application Fonts

Meeting Specific Accessibility Needs

To Achieve a High-Contrast or Low-Contrast Desktop

To Achieve a Large Print Desktop

6.  System Administration


Customization Options

The following methods enable you to customize the appearance of the Oracle Solaris Desktop:

The following table summarizes the changes that you can make to the Oracle Solaris Desktop . This guide does not provide detailed instructions for customizing the desktop. For detailed instructions on how to customize the desktop using the customization tools provided by the desktop, refer to the Help for each tool or the Oracle Solaris Desktop User Guide.

Table 5-1 Quick Reference to Customizing the Appearance of the Desktop

Overall appearance of the desktop and using high-contrast colors, low-contrast colors, or large print
The Theme tab in the Appearance preference tool
Desktop background appearance
  • The Background tab in the Appearance preference tool
  • The Edit -> Backgrounds and Emblems menu item in the File Manager application

Font on the desktop background and in all desktop applications
The Fonts tab in the Appearance preference tool
Default font settings of the Text Editor or Terminal application.
The application's Edit -> Preferences menu item
Amount and type of window and workspace animation
The Visual Effects tab in the Appearance preference tool
Animation used to show and hide desktop panels
The General tab in the panel's Properties dialog
Fonts and colors in received email messages
  • The Formatting options on the Display tab in the Thunderbird preferences dialog
  • The General tab on the Mail Preferences page in the Evolution preferences dialog

Fonts and colors on web pages
The Content tab in the Firefox preferences dialog