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Welcome to the Accessibility page.

Helping you to get around the site

Operating method :

  • Mozilla, Netscape, Firefox on Windows : Press the "Shift" and "Alt" keys at the same time plus one of the keyboard access keys (not the numeric keypad). You will be taken straight to the desired place. Note : on a "QWERTY" keyboard, the "Shift" key cannot be used to trigger the access key.
  • Internet Explorer 6 on Windows : Press the "Alt" key and one of the keyboard access keys at the same time (not the numeric keypad) and then press the “Enter” key to get to the desired page.
  • Opera 7 on Windows, Macintosh and Linux : "Esc" + "Shift" and access key
  • MSIE on Macintosh : "Ctrl" and access key, then “Enter”
  • Safari 1.2 on Macintosh : "Ctrl" and access key
  • Mozilla and Netscape on Macintosh : "Ctrl" and access key
  • Galeon, Mozilla and FireFox on Linux : "Alt" and access key
  • Konqueror 3.3+ : "Ctrl", followed by access key
  • Netscape 4, Camino, Galeon, Konqueror prior to version 3.3.0, Omniweb, Safari prior to version 1.2, Opera Windows/Linux prior to version 7, do not support the access keys.

Keyboard shortcuts or access keys

  • Key 0 : List of keyboard keys used for this site.
  • Key 1 : Welcome Page
  • Key 8 : Legal notes
  • Key 9 : Contact us using a form

Loop links

You can use the "Tab" key to go from link to link throughout the pages.

Accessibility and standard

Accessibility consists of making an Internet site available to anyone, regardless of their equipment, language, culture, geographic location or physical and mental ability.

To define an accessible site, the W3C has made recommendations, the W.A.I. (Web Accessibility Initiative), in 1996 and set up a working party in February 1997. That working party’s remit was to suggest technical solutions to make the Internet accessible to handicapped persons. These recommendations are presented in the form of 92 criteria classified in three categories : priority 1 (A), priority 2 (AA) and priority 3 (AAA).

The French legal system adopted Law 2005-102 of 11th February 2005 on equal rights and opportunities, participation and citizenship for handicapped people and by means of Article 47 of that law made it compulsory for public services to have an accessible site.

Article 47

The on-line public communication services of State departments, local authorities and public establishments dependent on them must be accessible to handicapped people.

The accessibility of on-line public communication services relates to access to all types of digital information regardless of the means of access, content and method of consultation. International recommendations for Internet accessibility must be applied in respect of on-line public communication services.

A Council of State decree establishes the rules relating to accessibility and, by reference to the recommendations laid down by the Agency for the Development of Electronic Administration, specifies the type of adaptations to be implemented as well as the time limits for existing sites to comply, which cannot be more than three years, as well as the sanctions imposed in the event of non-compliance with this accessibility. The decree also sets out procedures for training personnel involved in on-line public communication services.

This law will soon be extended to all sites.

Compliance with Web standards (simplification of the code via XHTML, use of style sheets via CSS, etc.) has given surfers rapid access to a wealth of information.

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