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Accessibility at Paris Web

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Accessibility is at the heart of DNA of Paris Web event. Since the first edition back in 2006, the three founders (Éric Daspet, Adrien Leygues et Stéphane Deschamps) have chosen to place it among addressed subjects with a presentation by Laurent Denis about "L’accessibilité selon le W3C".
It would have been nonsense to talk about accessibility if the event itself wasn't accessible. So we do everything we can to make the event as accessible as possible: choice of acceassible venue for persons with reduced mobility, French Sign Language interpreting, live subtitling, live streaming…

French Sign Language interpreting

It's hard to find exact numbers but there are reportedly more than five million people in France with hearing loss. Among them, 300,000 would have a severe or total disability and about 119,000 would practice French Sign Language. [1]

To allow these persons to fully enjoy the event, all talks are interpreted in French Sign Language.

It is a complicated exercise because subjects addressed at Paris Web are often very technical with a specific vocabulary. That's why we're asking to speakers to share their slides before their talk, to allow the interpreters to prepare themselves. We're also pleased to see more and more speakers taking care of their speech rate to make work of interpreters easier.

Live subtitling

FSL is not understood by all people with hearing loss so we also propose live subtitling for half of the talks.

It consists in subtitling in real time all the speech of the speaker during his or her talk.

Like FSL, live subtitling is a very complicated exercise, even more as the company supplying this service works remotely through phone connection.


  1. Sander M-S., Lelievre F., Tallec A., Dubin J., Legent F., Danet S., et al. Le handicap auditif en France : apports de l'enquête Handicap, incapacités, dépendance. Études et résultats, août 2007, n° 589 : 8 p. (PDF, 269 ko)
    Les enquêtes Handicap-Santé (2008-2009) et Handicaps-Incapacités-Dépendance (1998-1999), menées en logement ordinaire et en institution, réalisées par l’Insee et la Direction de la recherche, des études, de l’évaluation et des statistiques (Drees) sont à l’origine d’un grand nombre de publications.