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Technical FAQ

Q Your pages look weird in my browser! What’s going on?

A This site is designed to work with the current generation of browsers. Some older ones might not be able to display every aspect of the design as it is intended to look, nor some of the special characters. In particular, Internet Explorer 7 and earlier versions are not supported. If you want to upgrade, I recommend Firefox.

Q I can’t read your text because it’s too small. What’s to be done about it?

A The text is set to that size to give a reasonable line length in the space available. In current browsers it is easy to make the whole page larger. For example, in Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 8, if you press the Ctrl key at the same time as the plus (+) key on the main keyboard, you will increase the page size (you can do this repeatedly until you reach the size that you’re comfortable with); press Ctrl and the minus (-) key to reduce the size of the page, and Ctrl plus the nought (0) key to return the page size to its default. With Opera, you must use the + and - keys on the numeric keypad to achieve the same effect.

Q What are these curious strings of characters that turn up in places?

A You mean like /mɛtɛmpˈtəʊsɪs/? These are pronunciations in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), standard in British dictionaries. To view these requires you to have a font on your system that includes them, such as Lucida Sans Unicode, Charis SIL, Doulos SIL or Arial Unicode MS. Most current operating systems have one already installed. A separate page explains the IPA symbols.

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Last updated 11 May 2013

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