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We want our website to be accessible and easy to use for everyone. Please read this page if you are having any difficulties!

Multimedia activities

The Discovering Antarctica website has been designed to make full use of multimedia activities, including Flash activities, movies and sounds. These require that you have the appropriate plugins installed on your computer, including up to date versions of Flash and Quicktime. If you do not have the plugins already, you can download them from the links below.

Several of the activities also use javascript and cookies. By default these are enabled in most browsers, but it is possible to disable them by altering your browser settings. If this has happened then you will need to enable them again before some of the activities will work.

Text based alternatives to multimedia activities

We have provided text based alternatives to multimedia activities wherever possible. These will usually be in the form of Microsoft Word files as this will allow you to format the content to suit your own needs - for example if you want to enlarge the text, remove answers to questions and save them in a separate file, and so on.

If you want to save the file to your hard disk, right click the link and select the "save as" option.

Some of the Word files may be locked, so that users can only type into forms. To unlock files, go to the forms toolbar in Word and unlock the file using the password "antarctica".

Resizing the text

If you want to, you should be able to resize almost all of the text using your browser controls (a few bits of the text are actually graphic images and therefore have a fixed size).

Simplifying the layout

If you have problems viewing the pages, you can try clicking the 'low graphics' link at the top of each page. This will remove our styling from the pages and lay the information out in the simplest possible way.

(Note: if you have chosen to disable javascript or cookies the link will have no effect - however you can get similar results by changing the display options using your browser controls - see below).

Changing your browser settings

You might find the links below helpful if you are unfamiliar with the controls built into your web browser.

For detailed information about changing the display options for Firefox, click here.

For detailed information about changing the display options for Internet Explorer, click here.

For detaiiled information about Safari, click here


All pages on this site should be valid to XHTML 1.0 Transitional and use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

We also follow the Worldwide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 and aim to meet all level A and double-A checkpoints.


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