Recommended web browser and technical requirements works in all web browsers, though it is best views in a modern browser. We recommend Internet Explorer 8.0 and Firefox 3.5 or later, to avoid any discrepancies in design.

The website is structured according to web standards W3C 2.0. In order to structure the content XHTML 1.0 Transitional is used, and to control the content presentation Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) 2.1 and 3 are used.

We use Unicode (UTF-8) as the character standard.

Screen resolution

The site is optimized for 1024 x 768 pixel resolution. You may use a lower resolution, but you will have to make use of the scrollbars to view the full page.

PDF documents

Many documents are published in PDF format. To read these, you will need Adobe Reader. It's free and can be downloaded from the Adobe website. If you have problems opening and / or read the files, you may need to upgrade your Acrobat Reader to a later version.

Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash is normally enabled in your web browser by default. Calculations for National Debt Savings under the heading "Retail borrowing" on require Adobe Flash to be installed on your computer. It is a free plugin for your web browser that can read content on the page. You can download Adobe Flash on the Adobe website.


The site requires that JavaScript is enabled in your browser for the following functions;

  • printing the page via the print icon (you can also use the browser's print function)
  • displaying help text when you click on a help icon
    (if Javascript is disabled, the help text is permanently displayed)
  • active error messages in web forms
    (if there is an error in any of the fields, the associated error messages are also displayed when you click Send).
  • keyword suggestions in the search field


Javascript is usually pre-installed in the browser. If not, change this under Tools/Internet Options.


ActiveX is usually pre-installed in your browser.

If you use Windows and Internet Explorer, you may not be able to view videos from YouTube if ActiveX is disabled. Change this under Tools/Internet Options/Security, or contact your IT department if you are accessing the internet from your company's premises.