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Browsers and settings
Will the Oxford DNB work with my browser?Any modern browser should perform well with the Oxford DNB.
Specifically, the site will work on a PC with Windows 95 or higher, using:
What settings should I have on my browser?Generally, the Oxford DNB will perform best with your browser's default settings.
Text sizeThe site works best with your browser's default text size setting of medium, or a one step increase or decrease. It will also work reliably at larger text sizes.
Screen resolutionThe Oxford DNB is best viewed with a screen resolution of 1024x768, although it will also work at higher and lower resolutions.
FramesThe design of the Oxford DNB uses frames. We recommend that you view the site with frames turned on (this will be your browser's default setting), though it is still possible to navigate through the site with frames turned off.
AccessibilityWherever possible, the Oxford DNB meets Conformance level A (Priority 1) of the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). We have tried to avoid the use of non-W3C formats, and have run Bobby validation for Priority 1 accessibility. Where we have not been able to make a particular feature more accessible, we have tried to ensure that it degrades gracefully.
Navigation using your keyboardYou can move around each screen by using your tab key to move from each area of the page to the next, and then each link, button or entry field on the page to the next. Shift + tab moves in the opposite direction. Dropdown menus unfold when you use the up and down arrows, and the return key acts as a mouse click: it will activate buttons and follow links.