In-Depth Toolkit

IDT2 is available for Charts and DataPics

Charts and Datapics are deprecated in IDT1. Please use IDT2 for these formats. The new tools are here:

Information about the new version of IDT is available here.

What is IDT?

IDT offers journalists a set of tools for adding simple data-visualisations and quizzes to their content.

The formats are quick to create and work on the News, Sport and Newsbeat sites - as well as supporting all World Service languages.

There are two versions of the tools. IDT1 is the original toolkit and should still be used for Quizzes, Market data and Sliders. Charts and DataPics should be created using IDT2. IDT1 formats will migrated to IDT2 during 2019 or replaced with alternatives.

For Charts and DataPics in IDT2 no registration is required. Just click the link and if you have a BBC certificate you can start using the tools.

Get Started with IDT1

Registration is required for IDT1 - authorisation from a human is required and registrations only happen at specific times: (10am and 3pm Mon-Fri).

You must register in order to use IDT1, even if you are already an iSite or CPS user.

Step 1: Click this IDT link, then fill in the 'Request Access' form and hit Submit.

Step 2: A member of the IDT team will complete the process and send you a confirmation email. You are now registered.

You are now all set go to the IDT1 toolkit.

IDT Help

IDT is used by hundreds of journalists across the BBC in the UK and abroad. We want people's experience of using the toolkit to be as trouble free as possible, but bugs and issues will occasionally occur. Below are the some of the things we know about and a our contact details if you need to get in touch.


  • I don't have access to the IDT project in iSite2:

    Please visit the IDT project page on iSite and complete the signup form - just give us a reason for using IDT and click Submit. Once this is done, the IDT team can complete the process and send you a confimation email. You can then start creating IDT content.
  • I receive a 500 error, when I try to use the IDT tools on iSite2:

    Your email is not appearing on our 'whitelist' of users. Send your full name and email to and request to be added to the whitelist.
  • The IDT previews in iSite2 are not working for me:

    If you can create IDT content, but can't preview it, then please tell us that previews are not working, with a link, by sending an email to
  • Do IDT includes work in CPS?

    Well, sort of, but includes don't appear in the native apps (iOS or Android), on AMP pages, Facebook Instant Articles or Apple News. As a result for IDT1 content CPS pages should be marked as "Interactive" so the story opens in the in-app-browser on the apps.
  • Where do I report problems?

    Email us, with your full name, email, a description of the problem, and a screenshot (if possible), at Note: Check that the problem you are experiencing only affects IDT content itself, iSite or CPS content with IDT includes added.
  • Is IDT content available in all BBC supported languages?

    Yes - there are options to choose the 'service' or language that you need - for DataPics and Image Slider this option is found in the iSite form under 'Service’, for Quizzes under ‘Service Language’. For charts, you can select the desired language in the top-left of the chart creator interface (Step 3: Build your chart).

Known Issues

Here are the known issues with IDT1.

Quiz Issues

  • Quizzes will not display at all if you leave any questions, answers or feedback empty!
  • The custom share message currently does not work well for right-to-left languages.

Image Slider Issues

  • When you make changes to the second image or the text on the second image the preview might not reflect those changes: we are working on fixing the bug. Be reassured, that once you add the include to CPS this displays correctly nevertheless.

Report a problem

IDT Support Diagram

If you can't see or access iSite at all, please contact

If you are sure the problem is with IDT content, and have read the Known Issues and FAQs, then please send an email to and tell us about the problem:

  1. Describe what you were trying to do, and how you tried to do it.
  2. Don't forget to tell us about the language or service you're publishing to.
  3. Describe the issue as best as you can - copy & paste it or take a screenshot, if possible.