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The National Archives is committed to making its websites as accessible as possible to users with visual, hearing, motor or cognitive impairments.

Our websites

The design of our websites includes a number of accessibility features including:

  • The ability to adjust text sizes
  • Alternative texts for images
  • The use of cascading style sheets
  • Coded to Double A Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0)
  • Cross browser tested

Text size

The text on our pages can be made larger by doing the following:

Screen shot showing how to change text size in Internet Explorer 7

If you find the text on this site too small or too big, you can change it using your browser menu. The default size for most browsers is or "100%".

Internet Explorer v7.0+:

  1. Select the Page menu
  2. Select Text Size
  3. Select your choice of Largest, Larger, Medium, Smaller, Smallest text sizes

Internet Explorer v6.0+:

  1. Select the View menu
  2. Select Text Size
  3. Select your choice of Largest, Larger, Medium, Smaller, Smallest text sizes

Firefox v1.5+:

  1. Select the View menu
  2. Select the Text Size option
  3. Select Increase or Decrease to get the desired text size
  4. Alternatively, select and hold the 'Ctrl' button on your keyboard and use ' + ' to increase the text size or ' - ' to decrease the text size. 'Ctrl' and '0' returns the text to the default size.

Netscape in Netscape v6.0+:

  1. Select the View menu on your browser
  2. Scroll to Text Zoom
  3. Select the desired text size

We would like to hear from you if you have had trouble with the text size on this website. Please tell us your operating system, for example "Windows XP"; your browser, for example "Internet Explorer 5.5" and your Internet Service Provider, for example "AOL" or "BT". We would also like to know what size you have chosen as your browser text size, for example "medium".

PDF documents

This site uses Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) documents. You can convert PDF documents to text using Adobe's PDF web-based conversion service.


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Javascript is not required to view and access any of the legislation on this site