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Max Gehlsen, A virtual exhibition


What is digital accessibility ?

According to Tim Bernes-Lee (director of W3C and inventor of the World Wide Web), accessibility consists of :

Making the internet and its services available to individuals, whatever the hardware or software used, or network infrastructure, mother tongue, culture, location or physical or mental aptitude.

A website is "accessible" when any person can browse the site without difficulty using a browser and/or assistance tool.

Respecting standards

XHTML XHTML code complies with the XHTML 1.0.specification. This is tested using an HTML tester developed by W3C.
If, despite our best efforts, any errors are detected following testing, please do not hesitate to inform us.

Structure and presentation

Website formatting is separate from the content thanks to the use of style sheets. The use of CSS, positioning properties, by entirely separating presentation and content, allows documents to retain, outside of CSS a coherent order: title, menus, content, etc.

Navigational aids

Quick access links

Placed at the top of the page, these links allow for direct access to the area desired (without having to scroll through undesired information) :

  • Link allowing for direct access to page content
  • Link allowing for direct access to the sub-menu (if present)
  • Link to the page concerning accessibility policy (this page)
  • Link to the site map
  • Link to the "contact" page

Navigation by using the tab key

You can navigate from one link to another by using the Tab key (Press on Tab and continue until you have selected the desired link, confirm by pressingEnter).


Breadcrumbs indicate the navigational path used by placing the displayed page on screen and allowing you to move back through the tree structure.


The logo can be clicked once to return to the home page.
The "Top of page" link (located at the bottom of the page) allows you, as the name suggests, to return to the top of the page.

Adjust font or page size

To allow users to modify the website presentation, and notably the size of characters used, the format rests on the use of relative units. The font size and/or page size can therefore be increased :

With the majority of browsers : Ctrl + wheel on the mouse
Ctrl+ to increase font size and Ctrl- to reduce this.

On versions older than Internet explorer 7 : dIn the menu bar at the top of the browser, go to Display > Font size and choose the size you wish.

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Enlarge Image Max GEHLSEN, Lorette. A glance above the parapet, 27 April 1916, watercolour on carton, 14.5 x 22.5 cm

Max GEHLSEN, Lorette. A glance above the parapet, 27 April 1916, watercolour on carton, 14.5 x 22.5 cm

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