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Fixing the Marquee Tag

The <marquee> tag is a proprietary tag that many popular browsers have unfortunately decided to implement. The tag itself should never be used because of the accessibility problems it generates but you can't stop morons adding it to their sites. What you can do is to amend your browser so as to fix the assessibility issues associated with the tag when it is used. How you do that depends on which browser you are using. Unfortunately with some browsers there doesn't appear to be a way to fix the marquee tag at all and so all I can recommend is that you swap to using one of the following browsers in order to fix that tag.

Opera

  1. Go into the folder where Opera is installed and locate the styles folder within that.
  2. Create a file there called browser.css or open the existing file by that name if one already exists.
  3. Add the following line into the file and save it.
marquee {display:table-row;}

From the next time you open the browser all marquees will now be fixed.

Firefox

This browser requires that you fix the tag separately for each profile.

  1. Go into the profile folder (see Where is my Mozilla profile located? if you don't know where that is) and locate the chrome folder within that.
  2. Create a file called userContent.css or open the existing file by that name if one already exists.
  3. Add the following line into the file and save it.
marquee {-moz-binding: none; display: block; height: auto !important;}

From the next time you open the browser all marquees will now be fixed.

Safari

Safari will accept the same fix as Opera does. The only difference is that there doesn't appear to be any of the CSS files in the install that you can add it to where the browser will load it automatically as it opens. The way around this is to add the file contaning the command as a user stylesheet by going into Preferences and then on the Advanced tab selecting the file you created that contains this command into the Style sheet field.

Internet Explorer

Version 8 will accept the same fix as Opera does. The only difference is that as with Safari you need to add it to your user stylesheet. In Internet Explorer you access that by going into Tools then Internet Options and on the General tab select Accessibility. You can then attach a user stylesheet containing the command using the options at the bottom of that screen.

Unfortunately the fix doesn't work for earlier versions of this browser.

 

This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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