What makes a site accessible?

Regarding accessibility, the definition adopted by the W3C is:

« Making the Web and its services available to all individuals, regardless of hardware or software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or physical or mental aptitude. »

Accessibility to our website

Our website has been designed to comply with the accessibility standards in force. It may happen that some pages contain a temporary deviation from these rules. If you find that this error persists, please contact us to report it. 

Efforts implemented for the creation of the site:

  • Compliance with HTML standards, allowing for simplified use of screen readers such as Jaws.

  • Establishing alternatives for any content which may bring about loss of information: images, scripts, etc.

  • Compliance with contrast standards for good readability.

  • Setting up simplified navigation: titles of relevant links, keyboard shortcuts, sitemap, search engine, internal navigation for long pages, etc.
  • Separation of content and presentation, allowing you to import your own styles and to enlarge or reduce font sizes.

Keyboard access keys

These keys are determined by convention for quick access to the main elements of a website.

  • Accessibility rules: hotkey = « 0 »
  • Home: hotkey = « 1 »
  • Go to navigation : hotkey = « m »
  • Skip navigation: hotkey = « s »
  • Go to content: hotkey = « c »
  • Direct access to the internal search engine : hotkey = « 4 »
  • Sitemap : hotkey = « 3 »
  • Contact page : hotkey = « 7 »

To use the shortcuts from your browser (each browser has its own key combination which we associate with the access keys listed above for direct access)::

  • Internet Explorer : Alt + Shift + [ hotkey ], then Enter
  • Firefox : Alt + Shift + [ hotkey ]
  • Google Chrome : Alt + Shift + [ hotkey ]
  • Opera : Esc + Shift + [ hotkey ] Safari : Alt + Shift+ [ hotkey ] 

You can adjust the font size to suit your reading needs, using a specific function in your browser.

To enlarge / reduce the text size:

  • With various browsers: Ctrl and mouse wheel
  • IInternet Explorer: go to View then Text Size and choose.
  • Firefox, Mozilla or Netscape: Ctrl and "+" key on the numeric keypad to increase and Ctrl and "-" key « - » 

To decrease:

  • Opera : press "+" or "-" on the keypad, or go to the View menu, then Zoom and choose. 

The framing of a site is not always designed with a view to increasing (or reducing) font size. Some browsers will disable formatting to display only the text and images: Firefox, Mozilla: in the 'View' menu, select 'page style' then 'no style' Internet Explorer: does not allow for disabling.

Useful software

Some media on the site require you to install software if you do not yet have it. Here is a list of the software and the links to download it:

  • Reading PDF documents. To read these documents, you need Acrobat Download Acrobat Reader (free)
  • Viewing flash animations. To view these, you need the latest version of the Flash player Download the Flash player (free).
  • Operation of Javascript scripts. To make these work, you need the Java Plug-in Download the Java Plug-in (free).
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