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Why we changed our website
The BBC Sport website has changed its design
The BBC Sport website has undergone some big changes.

If you would like to tell us what you think about our new look, then email us by using the form at the foot of this page.

But before you do so, please read the text below, as we answer some questions you may have about our re-design.


Why did you change it at all? I was perfectly happy with the way it looked before.

The changes we've made have been as a result of extensive testing of how people use the site. The new site should download quicker, different content is more clearly labelled and more of the key news stories and features are immediately visible without requiring scrolling. We understand that these changes won't be to everyone's taste but we do think that they make the site much easier to use.

I liked the summary that appeared under the headlines - now I can't see the news at a glance. Why did you take them away?

Again, we tested this thoroughly. While some people like to scan a front page with lots of summaries, a large number have complained about the extra scrolling on the BBC Sport site and about the slow download. The new site should download quicker - and crucially enable us to display more of the top news stories and features in the first screen.

However, we do accept that some users will always prefer to get their sports news in a "digest" form. If you would rather have a simple list of the main stories of the day, then we do provide such a service. You should try our low graphics version of the site, at:

There is also a link to it in the banner at the top of every page.

What's happened to the left-hand side of the site? I can't find the links to the various sports sections any more?

The navigational links on the left have been overhauled. We have switched to a "contextual navigation" - so that the various sports now have their own individual homepages, where we can give you the most relevant information. This means the left-hand side changes depending on which section you are in.

However, the links to all the main areas of the site do still appear on every page. They can be found at the foot of the page - and also in a new dropdown menu, titled "Quick links" on the left.

There seem to be fewer stories on the new site. Why have you decided to cut down on the key content?

We haven't - in fact the new design means we are able to get even more news stories on the main sections, including the Homepage. Rather than cutting back on stories, we have designed new ways to promote them on the wider page.

What's happened to the Other Sports section? There aren't as many stories in it as there used to be.

We have decided to give greater priority on the homepage to a number of popular sports - horse racing, snooker, cycling and US sports. These sports are no longer in the Other Sports area, but can be found in their own individual sections.

What's happened to Sports Talk?

The Sports Talk section has not vanished - it's simply been renamed as "Have Your Say". We have made major changes in this area already, with the introduction of the 606 messageboards for football - and we are constantly looking for new ways for you to interact with BBC Sport.

Text sizes are too small

Using smaller text sizes for some of our content has enabled us to display more of the top news stories and features in the first screen. This reduces the amount of scrolling required and was one of the most common criticisms of the old site.

I can't increase the text size. Why?

Variable fonts still operate normally on most browsers - Opera, Mozilla1.0, Netscape 6+ on a PC, and on Safari and Internet Explorer 5+ on Apple Mac.

For Internet Explorer users on a PC who find the text too small, you can still increase the text size in the browser by going to Tools->Internet Options->Accessibility and tick the 'Ignore font sizes specified on Web Pages'. This will allow you to increase font sizes as normal.

At the same time, we have upgraded our low graphics site http://news.bbc.co.uk/low. This offers larger font sizes as a default and via your browser there are options to increase the font size even more. We have added some pictures to this site, so users can now experience variable fonts, richer content and quick downloads.

The site looks bad in my browser

It is almost impossible to produce pages with a consistent look across all browsers - especially ones that are more than three or four years old. However, the BBC does support all browsers (even the very oldest) via our enhanced low graphics site. This carries pictures, graphics and links to other stories and can be seen at http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport/low


This re-launch is designed to make life easier for our users - and we really hope you find that the site has improved.

If you'd like to tell us what you think of the new look, just fill out the form below.

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