for anyone having probs with emoticons, text size, wanting to change color scheme etc for access needs you can go to http://www.rnib.org.uk
and hunt for the surf right toolbar.
download this and it appears on your browser. you can change text size, colour styles, remove flash imagens, graphics including emoticons, site styles so it just appears as text etc. all just cliking the relveant button. works on pretty much all websites
il try to find the direct link for the download.