Our Website Accessibility Features is committed to ensuring that its site is accessible to all users. This site conforms to existing recommendations and standards and has been tested with various assistive technologies. If you encounter a problem accessing this site, please contact us.

Access Keys

Access keys let you navigate around without using your mouse. They can be used to jump directly to different sections of or certain areas within a page, without having to move your mouse at all. Below are two tables; the first is a listing of access keys common to all pages in our website, and beneath it are usage instructions for your browser. Please note that some assistive technology tools such as the IBM HomePage Reader© and WindowEyes© already make use of the alt+[access key] combinations. As such, users of these tools may not be able to use these access keys. These access key assignments are based on research into best practice across the web (in an attempt to be consistent with other sites' access keys), and an understanding of the key global navigation requirements of users. If you have any comments on how could make better use of access keys, please use the information provided at our Contact Page.

Access key Function or Destination


How to use Access Keys in your Browser
  • Internet Explorer 5+ (PC) Hold down the ALT key, press the number of the access key, release both keys then press ENTER
  • Internet Explorer 4 (PC) Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
  • Internet Explorer 5+ (Mac) Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
  • Internet Explorer 4.5 (Mac) Access keys are not supported
  • Netscape 6 and earlier (PC/Mac) Access keys are not supported
  • Netscape 7 (PC) Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
  • Firefox, Mozilla (PC) Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
  • Firefox, Mozilla (Mac) Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
  • Safari and Omniweb (Mac) Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
  • Opera Hold down the Shift key and press Escape, release both keys, then press the number of the access key

This is designed to let you change the text size, text and background colors, and other display settings through standard browser settings.

"Why doesn't this work with some other Web sites?" explains that these settings may not work on browsers and Web sites that do not meet accessibility guidelines. "Should all sites include this?" explains that including these instructions is not an accessibility requirement.

To Change Text Size

Most Web browsers include functionality to let you increase or decrease the text in a Web page. For example, to increase text size:

Why doesn't this work with some other Web sites?

The browser settings on this page should work when browsers and Web sites meet WAI guidelines and are designed for accessibility, flexibility, and user control. However, some browsers do not provide as much user control, and some Web sites are designed to defeat browser settings. Text resizing does not work well in browsers and Web sites that do not meet accessibility guidelines.

In Internet Explorer Version 6 and earlier, the text may not resize because the Web site is designed with "hard-coded" or "absolute" text sizes. To override Web site setting:

Menu items: Tools -> Internet Options -> Accessibility button -> Accessibility dialog box:

  • Ignore colors specified on Web pages
  • Ignore font styles specified on Web pages
  • Ignore font sizes specified on Web pages

In Firefox early versions, the text should resize even if the Web site text is not "coded" for flexibility. However the sections of the Web site may not resize, making it difficult to use the site with large text. This is because the Web site was designed with "hard-coded" or "absolute" sizes. Firefox does not resize images.

Opera resizes all aspects of a Web site, including font, images, and sections. Resizing should work fairly well in Opera, even if the Web site is not "coded" for flexibility.

For a Plain Layout View
  • Turning off the style sheet gives a plain layout view, which:
  • makes text black on a white background (or however your browser is set)
  • puts all the information in one column (called "linearized")
  • leaves content images
  • removes background images

Other Text and Color Changes

Many browsers provide functionality to set different aspects of font and color. Below are examples of how to access this functionality.

Should all Web sites include instructions like this?

It is not an accessibility requirement that Web sites include information on changing text sizes and colors like this page. We chose to include this information to help people who want to know how to change their browser settings and may not know how.

Web browsers and Web sites should be designed following WAI guidelines so that people can easily change text sizes and colors.
Note: No Browser Endorsement does not endorse specific Web browsers and does not recommend one browser over another. While some common browsers are included in this page, mention of a specific browser does not imply endorsement or recommendation.

Automatic Translation by Google

What is "automatic translation"?

  • It's translation produced by state-of-the-art technology, without the intervention of human translators. Automatic translation is also often referred to as machine translation.

Has Google developed its own translation software?

  • Yes. Google's research group has developed its own statistical translation system for the language pairs now available on Google Translate.

The translation quality isn't as good as I'd like it to be. Can you make it more accurate?

  • They're constantly working on it. Even today's most sophisticated software, however, doesn't approach the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator. Automatic translation is very difficult, as the meaning of words depends on the context in which they're used. While we are working on the problem, it may be some time before anyone can offer human quality translations. In the interim, we hope you find the service we provide useful for most purposes.

Also, in order to improve quality, they need large amounts of bilingual text. If you have large amounts of bilingual or multilingual texts you'd like to contribute, please let them know.

I still have questions. Where can I go for more information?

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