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Accessibility and help

Accessibility and help

Accessibility aims

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional The site complies with the W3C norm (XHTML1.0 transitional) as well as the highest accessibility standard for internet services in the French public sector. The Group for the Integration of the Physically Disabled (Groupement pour l'Insertion des personnes Handicapées Physiques, GIHP) took part in the tests and was able to verify the accessibility of the site in practice with the help of a voice synthesizer interface. Special attention was paid to the following aspects :
- careful arrangement of the various elements allows easy comprehension and rapid familiarisation with the site,
- the signposting of elements, such as the ability to list all links or all titles, enables easy navigation with the help of a voice synthesizer,
- access to menus and submenus is immediate
- all the contents are accessible, including Flash modules, via HTML versions.

Text size

The texts of the contents can be enlarged as required.
The browser headings allow easy modification of text size:
Internet Explorer: View menu, select Text size then select a size option.
Mozilla, Firefox and Netscape: use the [Ctrl+] keys to zoom in and [Ctrl-] keys to zoom out.
Opera: Press the + or - keys of the numeric keypad. Or else go to the View: Zoom menu and choose a size option.

Navigation aids

Links at the start of each document enable navigation to be made easier. The disabled, and in particular the visually impaired, can access the part they are seeking as soon as the page is loaded, thus avoiding the need to search through information that is not required.
Navigation of the site can be done by using the Tab key. This key can be used to go from one link to another, followed by the Enter key to execute.

Keyboard shortcuts (access keys)

Keyboard shortcuts are available for navigating between the key pages of the site. The use of these shortcuts varies according to the browser being used.
1 = Go to main menu (Return to Home page and choice of headings)
2 = Go to submenu (subheadings)
3 = Go to text contents
4 = Go to site map
5 = Accessibility and help

Configuration required

The site is optimised for screens with a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels and thousands of colours.
It can be consulted on PCs with Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 6 or later), Netscape (version 7), Firefox, on Macs with Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.5), Safari, Firefox.

Since the site contains many sound clips and high-resolution images, a broadband connection is advisable.
You should also check that your speakers are connected and the sound is turned up.

Sound clips, animations, slide shows, zooms and archives

The Flash 6 plug-in is required for animations and sound clips, as well as tools for accessing slide shows, zooms and archives.

It is recommended that you download a recent version of Flash Player.

Panoramic views

The QuickTime plug-in is required for showing panoramic views, or “virtual visits”, under the heading “Places”.
It is recommended that you download a recent version of QuickTime.

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