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The museum has developed a display system making it more accessible to sight-impaired people, and enabling them, in the chart below, to:
enlarge character size, choose the background colour, text colour and text hover colour to their convenience.
Go to top  Site architecture
The Museum
It includes three collections: according to chronology, to themes and to types of works or objects. Each of these is identified by a specific colour.
Each collection is divided into several floors, and each floor is divided into rooms containing articles and sometimes topics (grouping several articles).
For instance, Centuries is a collection, XVIth†century is a floor, At the beginning of the XVIth†century is a room, Humanism is an article.

The article
The article is the core component of the museum. It consists of a structured text illustrated by various media.
To find an article, you can proceed in several ways:
  • start from a collection entrance page, open a room by clicking on the corresponding title, then open the topic (groups of articles) or article by clicking on the image that represents it,
  • carry out a research on a subject, click on the image representing the article in the resulting page.

An article may include:
  • links to related articles,
  • links to glossary definitions
  • additional elements such as bibliographical references, documents (in the PDF, HTML, Excel, PowerPoint and Word formats), complementary iconography, external Web links.
All article-related information, when available, is summed up in the 'Further info' pop window. Open it up by clicking on the 'i' button at the top or bottom of the page.
Articles may belong to several collections or, when necessary, appear several times in the same collection.
Go to top  Navigation
To explore the museum, use the following navigation tools:
  • the compass enables you to view the contents of each room and reach it directly from anywhere in the museum; see use instructions below,
  • when you go deeper into a collection, the line navigation bar in the top left of the content page next to the compass allows you to go directly to upper levels,
  • from an article, you can go to related articles either by clicking on their title at the bottom left of the page or from the "Further Info" pop window,
  • you can return to a collection entrance page or jump to the museum's other areas by clicking on corresponding icons in the main navigation bar.
Go to top  The compass
The compass is useful to navigate rapidly through the museum. It is shown by a small arrow in a tab and sticks to the top left of the window as you scroll down the page you are on.
As you visit a room or read an article, click on the tab to unfold the compass.
You then visualize your current location in the museum, and can discover the contents of other rooms by rolling the mouse over the unfolding menu and article icons on the right. Click on any link to jump to the corresponding room or article.
To close the compass, click on the tab's small arrow on its right-hand side.
Go to top  Search
The museum provides for two search methods:

Global text search
Use the input box on the top navigation bar, under the heading "Information".
Type-in your request, with or without accents, and/or capital letters.
The search results are ordered by relevance and consist of:
  • articles on whose title or picture icon you may click to open them,
  • news from the Diary which opens up in a pop window,
  • complementary resources from the Media Library.

Museum advanced search
Load the configuration screen by clicking on Advanced Search in the top navigation bar.
The advanced search engine applies to collections contents only (articles), and makes it possible to target one's criteria better by choosing entries from the thesaurus of people, events and places.
It is also possible to carry out searches over year-to-year time periods.
Results are organized by collections, floors or rooms. You can consequently visualize all the contents of a collection in an exhaustive way.
Criteria are combined together as with the AND operator. It is not possible to search simultaneously in more than three museum locations (collection, floor, room); results will add up for each chosen location.
Go to top  The Favourites list
Principle: the Favourites list makes it possible to the registered user to collect information from the museum and organize it at his/her convenience in personal folders. The Favourites list is saved on the museum's distant server, and not on a client machine. This information consists of:
  • articles,
  • media,
  • research.
A set of pictograms facilitates the identification of the type of elements saved in your folders.
A particular article or media cannot be saved more than once into one's Favourites List. However, no control is carried out on searches which you wish to memorize. Therefore please make sure not to overload the system by saving a search several times.

Account Management: a 'cookie' is transfered to your computer for record-keeping purposes. To find out how to enable cookies, please refer to your Web browser help. The cookie stores information on the main (first) account created from your computer as well as connection parameters: rate and automatic sign in preference. You may choose not to have to check in to open your Favourites list. This feature applies only to the main account.
Go to top  The Show Room
The Show room presents exhibitions and discoveries.

  • Exhibitions refer to topical subjects of Protestantism: artistic events, anniversaries or topics of general interest related to issues of society, theology, ethics, etc. They are sometimes conceived with or by partners of the museum.
  • Discoveries tackle topics in a pedagogical prospective. Here one can find matter to improve his/her knowledge and to help assess issues which can be raised for example in the various fields of the school curriculum.
Go to top  The glossary
The glossary gives the definitions of concepts or terms with which visitors may be unfamiliar.
When a word or expression in an article is indicated by a specific colour, it refers to a glossary definition. Click on it to open up a pop windows where the definition will be found and clarify a point while reading the article.
Go to top  The Media Library
The media library is the advanced search area that contains iconography and documentary resources with which the museumís editorial staff constructed its contents. There are several types of resources:
  • media identifiable by a set of pictograms:
    • illustrations, maps or photographs,
    • videos in Windows Media or Real Player formats, in high and low encoding rates,
    • stand-alone or compound audios.
  • bibliographical references related to scientific publications, books or reviews,
  • documents, booklets, books excerpts, various files,
  • external links to topic Web sites.
The Museum likewise allows you to reach thematic subsets of its iconography centred on special interest topics.
All reproduction rights on all supports are reserved to the museum. For questions relating to reproduction, refer to the corresponding section in the Information page accessible from the main navigation bar.
Go to top  The Diary
The editorial team publishes in its diary a news wire on cultural events related to Protestantism.
Go to top  Multilinguism
A fully multilingual product, the virtual Museum enables you to switch between available languages in the course of your visit, without being redirected to an arbitrary "language" starting point. To proceed to a different language, click on the language code under the logo: FR (French), EN (English) or DE (German). When the chosen language is not available, the contents appear in French.
If overall contents at floor, room or topic level are not fully published in the requested language, this is notified by an alarm icon near the title of the corresponding entry in the collection entrance or room page.
Go to top  Recommendation
The virtual museum is optimized for Internet Explorer (versions 4+), Firefox and Safari. The conditions of use are not optimal with Netscape or Opera. It is recommended to set the cache parameter to "once per session", and to accept cookies.
All screen resolutions above 800x600 are supported. However It is recommended to set your screen resolution to 1024x768 for a better appreciation of the iconography when viewed in its largest size (700x500).
Finally you will need a multimedia player (Windows Media, Real) installed on your computer in order to have access audio-visual contents. The Museum runs a detection routine when you first enter it. If no player is detected, shortcuts to download platforms will be proposed. Note that the Museum offers video clips to which you can have access when your connection allows it (> 100 kbps). For users with a connection higher than 300 kbps, videos are available in high rate.
Go to top  Partnerships

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