The size of the text on this website is set in qualitative instead of quantitative terms. Your web browser can override the base text size and all of the text will change relative to the size you specify.
This is easily demonstrated using Microsoft Internet Explorer's 'Text Size' option: to increase the size of the text select 'View' -> 'Text Size' -> 'Largest': this increases the size of all the text proportionally. (You can similarly change the text size to make it smaller). The default setting is 'Medium'.
In Mozilla Firefox you should select View > Text size followed by 'Increase' or 'Decrease'. To return the text size to its default setting, select 'Normal'.
Please be aware that changing the base text size whilst browsing this website may impact upon its layout: the site has been designed to 'flow' to fill the browser window (to make use of the extra space available at higher screen resolutions) but increasing text size to a very large value will cause some page elements to overlap.
For more detailed information about how to change the fonts and font sizes in your web browser you can visit the BBC My Web My Way website
Use of images
Images on our website have alternative text attributes (alt text). This means when an image is used on a web page to convey information its content is also described in the alt text. Therefore, the image can be understood by text browsers and assistive technologies such as screen readers.
If an image is used for simply decorative purposes, the text attribute for the image is left empty in line with accepted best practice.