Paris, 15 February 2009
Today ARCEP published a PDF version of its new periodical review, Les cahiers de l'ARCEP, devoted to digital regional development, in a format that is accessible to people who are visually impaired.
Without altering the visual aspect of the document, the system involves the use of a voice synthesis mechanism (through XML mark-up of the PDF file). Users can combine this mechanism with reading Braille on a tactile display connected to a computer which translates content in the form of raised or lowered pins on a flat surface (cf. photos below). Visually impaired readers can therefore use either of these two systems, or both of them simultaneously.
The accessibility of the 52 pages of this first issue of the Cahiers de l'ARCEP was verified by a visually impaired person, which required three weeks of work. This ARCEP publication has been awarded e-accessibility certification, and joins the publications produced by several major companies (Sanofi-Aventis, Total, Crédit Agricole, Bouygues) in the media library of e-accessibility certified publications designed specially for the visually impaired.
All future issues of the Cahiers de l'ARCEP will be published in this format.
In addition to its publications, in late 2008 ARCEP introduced special access on its website for the visually impaired. Thanks to the use of a robot that automatically transcribes text to speech, these visitors can access all ARCEP press releases and some of the speeches by and interviews with members of the Executive Board in MP3 format.