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Commitment to accessibility

This website meets web content accessibility guidelines.

The technical standards we work to are:

  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional 
  • CSS 2.0 
  • The UK Government Guidelines for websites 
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 - we work to meet the minimum double-A checkpoints

We believe making a website accessible is about more than simply meeting a set of technical standards.  The National Archives is committed to user centered design, which means involving users at all stages of our design work. As part of that commitment, the web team actively works in partnership with disabled people to explore ways to improve our online services.

We always welcome your feedback. If you would like to contact us and share your experience you can email the webteam at

Increasing the text size

The size of the text on this site can be changed by following the instructions below:

Internet Explorer v7.0:

  • Select the Page menu 
  • Select Text Size 
  • Select your choice of Largest, Larger, Medium, Smaller, Smallest text sizes

Internet Explorer v6.0:

  • Select the View menu 
  • Select Text Size 
  • Select your choice of Largest, Larger, Medium, Smaller, Smallest text sizes

Firefox v1.5+:

  • Select the View menu 
  • Select the Text Size option
  • Select Increase or Decrease to get the desired text size 
  • 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+:

  • Select the View menu on your browser 
  • Scroll to Text Zoom 
  • Select the desired text size

PDF documents

This site uses Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) documents which can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download Acrobat Adobe Reader

You can convert PDF documents to text using Adobe's PDF web-based conversion service. Adobe provides tools to help blind and visually impaired users to access PDF documents. These tools are available at

Further help

Do you need more help in making the web easier to use? Visit the MyWeb website at