This page is not a help page. Its purpose is to outline's accessibility policy and to define the general accessibility level for the site in accordance with the regulations and standards in force.

What is digital accessibility?

Digital accessibility is a set of rules and best practices that cover functional, technical, design and editorial aspects in particular.

Adherence to these rules and best practices ensures that digital platforms (websites, mobile apps, PDF documents etc.) are accessible to people with disabilities.

An accessible website, for example, lets users:

  • Personalise their display through their operating system and/or browser (change font and font size, change colours, hide animations etc.).
  • Employ assistive technologies such as speech synthesis or a refreshable Braille display for support.
  • Navigate without a mouse, using just the keyboard, switches or a touchscreen.
  • Enjoy videos and audio content with the help of subtitles and/or transcriptions.
  • Make use of many other functions.

Accessibility policy

SPIE takes special care to ensure that its websites are accessible.

As such, it is involved in an initiative aimed at compliance with the RGAA (Référentiel Général d'Amélioration de l'Accessibilité — French General Accessibility Improvement Framework) in accordance with Article 47 of Act no. 2005-102 of 11 February 2005.

In order to achieve the best possible outcome, accessibility is considered by everyone involved, particularly those working on website design and development.

Support is also provided by third-party experts, in particular for auditing, arbitration and the verification of corrections throughout the design and development stages.

Accessibility statement

SPIE is committed to making its websites (Internet, Intranet and Extranet), mobile apps, software packages and digital urban property accessible, in accordance with Article 47 of Act no. 2005-102 of 11 February 2005.

This accessibility statement applies to the website.

Compliance status

By applying the technical standards of France’s RGAA, it is possible to verify that a web page complies with the 50 Level A and AA success criteria listed in the WCAG 2.1 international standard. The website partially complies with the RGAA (version 4.1), given the non-compliances listed below.

Test results

In the audit for compliance with RGAA version 4.1 conducted by Ideance in February and March 2022, the company revealed that its sample:

  • Had an overall compliance rate of 70.3% (calculated by dividing the number of criteria complied with by the number of applicable criteria).
  • Had an average compliance rate of 83.9% (calculated by taking the average of the compliance rates of each page).

Non-accessible content


List of non-compliant criteria:

  • 1.2. Is each decorative image correctly ignored by assistive technologies?
  • 2.2. For each frame with a frame title, is this frame title relevant?
  • 3.1. On each web page, information must not be conveyed only through colour. Has this rule been followed?
  • 3.2. On each web page, information must not be conveyed only through colour. Has this rule been implemented in a relevant way (except in particular cases)?
  • 4.2. For each prerecorded time-based media with a text transcript or a synchronised audio description, are these relevant (except in particular cases)?
  • 4.3. Does each prerecorded synchronised time-based media have synchronised captions if necessary (except in particular cases)?
  • 6.1. Is each link explicit (except in particular cases)?
  • 6.2. On each web page, does each link have a title?
  • 7.1. Does each script support assistive technologies, if necessary?
  • 8.2. For each web page, is the source code valid according to the specified document type?
  • 8.6. For each web page with a page title, is this title relevant?
  • 8.7. On each web page, is each change in language indicated in the source code (except in particular cases)?
  • 10.1. On the website, are style sheets used to manage information presentation?
  • 10.4. On each web page, is text still readable when character size is increased up to at least 200% (except in particular cases)?
  • 10.12. For each web page, can the text spacing properties be changed by the user without loss of content or functionality (except in particular cases)?
  • 10.13. On each web page, is additional content appearing in the point of focus or in the overview of an interface component accessible to the user (except in particular cases)?
  • 11.1. Does each form field have a label?
  • 11.2. Is each label that is associated with a form field relevant (except in particular cases)?
  • 13.3. On each web page, for each file that can be downloaded, is there an accessible version (except in particular cases)?

Content not subject to accessibility requirements

The YouTube video player.

Additional comments

The following third-party elements present on the website have not been assessed within the framework of this initial RGAA compliance audit:

  • The functionality of Axeptio cookie management.
  • Content present in the frame (<iframe> tag) the Social Wall section on the home page.

SPIE is aware that these third-party elements are not fully accessible and that they do not comply with RGAA.

As such, SPIE is soon going to examine opportunities for corrective action, with these non-compliant aspects being corrected or replaced then audited, with a view to including them in the results of this audit.

Implementation of this accessibility statement

This declaration was implemented on 17/03/2022.

Technologies used to develop this site

  • HTML5
  • SVG
  • ARIA
  • CSS
  • JavaScript

Test environment

Tests were conducted using the following combinations of web browsers and screen readers:

  • Firefox 97.0.1 and NVDA 2021.3.1
  • Firefox 97.0.1 and JAWS 2021
  • Safari and VoiceOver (macOS 12.2.1)
  • Safari and VoiceOver (iOS 15.2.1)

Tools used to assess accessibility

  • Colour Contrast Analyser
  • Firefox Developer Tools
  • Web Developer (Firefox extension)

Site pages that were subject to compliance verification

Plan of action

SPIE undertakes to correct the majority of its currently non-compliant criteria between now and July 2022.

Feedback and how to contact us

If you have been unable to access any of our website services or content, please contact us using the channels below to receive an accessible alternative or to view the content in another format.

  • Email us at:
  • Call us on: + 33 (0)1 34 41 81 81.
  • Write to us at:
    SPIE Operations
    10 avenue de l'Entreprise,
    95863 Cergy-Pontoise Cedex, France

Appeal procedures

This procedure is to be used in the following case.

You have notified the website manager of the accessibility issue that you encountered when attempting to access content or services but have not received a satisfactory response.