How to use this website

This document provides an overview of the accessibility features of this website. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us.

IMPORTANT: If you are experiencing problems in viewing this website, try the Full Access Mode.

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Accessibility in This Website

This website aims to achieve a high level of accessibility. Accessibility means giving users the opportunity to successfully access information from the web. Our goal is to give this opportunity to the widest category of users, including people with disabilities.
With this concept in mind, this website includes numerous features explained in detail below.

The Accessibility Panel

To open the accessibility panel, click on the button placed on the top-right side of the website layout. Each accessibility feature comes with a description: hover your mouse over any button and a tip will be displayed.

Font Resizer Tool

This is a useful tool for changing the size of text. Alternatively, you can use the zooming feature of your browser ( usually "Ctrl" plus "+" or "-" ).

Toggle Full Width/Fixed Width layout

The user can choose either a liquid layout ( the page will adapt to the browser window ) or a fixed width layout.

Layout Modes

The user is able to navigate the website in several layout modes. These modes are useful to some categories of users or people with disabilities.

Default Mode

The default mode is the default graphic layout.

Switch now to: Default Mode.

Full Access Mode

This mode is suited for users using screen readers, keyboard only navigation and obsolete browsers.
The layout is designed to be compatible with most browsers and it will not be corrupted when viewed with an obsolete browser.
In this mode, each page is divided into sections and each section has a descriptive heading. On the top of each page you will find a navigation menu that helps you jump to different sections. Note also that each section is assigned to an acceskey (keyboard shortcut).

Switch now to: Full Access Mode.

High Contrast Mode

This mode is suitable for people with low vision.
This layout is "horizontal" based: all the sections and columns are full width. This helps users with low vision zoom text and set big fonts to read the content clearly. It also sets the highest contrast for background and text color. Furthermore, all text links are well signed and no graphic effects are added.

Switch now to: High Contrast Mode.

Legibility Modes

The user can change the page style to increase the legibility of the content.

Best legibility

This mode is suitable for visually impaired people or users who have cognitive disabilities.
It highlights links, image links, buttons, input boxes, menus and focused objects; sets more contrast for text; sets the best readable font family and increases the font line height.

Switch now to: Best Legibility.

Night mode

This mode is useful for tablets and mobile phones.
It sets a black background and high contrast text. Using this mode helps increase battery lenght and text can be read even in bright environments.

Switch now to: Night Mode.

Mobile Mode

The layout is optimized for small screen resolution.

Switch now to: Mobile Mode.

The Page Navigation System

The internal navigation system is very useful to users using a screen reader, keyboard only navigation or some types of mobile device.
It is activated in Full Access Mode ( placed on the top of the page ) and partially in Mobile Mode. It helps user jump directly to different sections of the page.

Access-keys

Access-keys are combinations of keystrokes used to jump to different sections of the page. Each anchor of the "Page Navigation Menu" is linked to an access-key value.

To see the defined access-keys, switch to Full Access Mode.

How to use access-keys

In most web browsers, the user invokes the access key by pressing ALT (on Windows and Linux) or CTRL (on Mac) simultaneously with the appropriate character on the keyboard. Be aware of some exceptions:

  • with Internet Explorer 7.0 and previous version, press ALT + access key and then press ENTER.
  • with Mozilla Firefox, press ALT + SHIFT + access key on Windows and Linux. On Mac, press CTRL + access key.
  • with Opera, press SHIFT + ESC + access key
  • with Google Chrome press ALT + access key on Windows and Linux. On Mac, press CTRL + OPT + access key.
  • On Linux, with Konqueror, CTRL key is pressed and released, and then the access key is pressed.