Help and accessibility


The site is accessible free of charge.


The size of display for a text may be modified:

  • With different browsers: [Cltr] + mouse wheel
  • Internet Explorer: in the menu at the top of the page click on Display > Size of Text and choose.
  • Mozilla, Firefox ou Netscape: [Ctrl] + [+] to enlarge and [Ctrl] + [-] to reduce the size.
  • Opera: keys [+] or [-] on numeric keypad. Alternatively go to Display > Zoom and choose.

Please note: for Macintosh, replace the [Ctrl] key by the [Apple] key.


Shortcuts have been programmed on the whole site:

  • 0: go to Help and accessibility (this page)
  • 1: go to home page
  • 3: go to site’s map
  • 4: go to search form (simple search)
  • 7: go to the “Contact us” page

The combinations of keys to validate these shortcuts vary according to different browsers:

  • Internet Explorer Windows: [Alt] + [shortcut] then [Enter]
  • Mozilla, Netscape, K-Meleon, FireFox Windows: [Alt] and [shortcut]
  • Opera 7 Windows, Macintosh, Linux: [Esc] + [Shift] and [shortcut]
  • Internet Explorer Macintosh: [Ctrl] + [shortcut] then [Enter]
  • Safari Macintosh: [Ctrl] and [shortcut]
  • Mozilla, Netscape Macintosh: [Ctrl] and [shortcut]
  • Galeon/Mozilla/Firefox Linux: [Alt] and [shortcut]

Please note: the numerical keyboard shortcuts are not always recognised when they are entered from the numerical keypad. In this case, they must be activated using the alphanumerical part of the keyboard, pressing the uppercase key if necessary.
Moreover, Netscape 4, Galeon, Konqueror, Omniweb, Safari before the 1.2 version, Opera Windows/Linux before the 7 version, do not accept keyboard shortcuts.


  • The logo/name of the site at the top of the page on the left will take you back to the home page of the site.
  • The choice of language (French or English) is made at the top right hand side of the screen
  • The main menu (horizontal, on the home page) contains links to the main headings of the PAM.
  • The thread (dark red bar on the interface of online consultation of resources) enables you to see where you are, to visualise the path you have taken to get there and to go back if necessary.
  • The foot of the page (bottom of the page) gives direct access to the following pages:
    • Plan of the site
    • Aid and accessibility (this page)
    • Newsletter
    • Legal stipulations
    • Credits
    • Write to us
  • Search menu (on the left, in the pages on search for documents) contains the different methods of search as well as access to themed files.
  • Passage from search menu to menu for functions in personal space (for those users who have created their own space) is carried out by using the button (searches) and (personal space, albums etc.)
  • Browsing using the tabulation key or “Tab” (on the left of the keyboard) enables you to browse through the whole site without using the mouse.
    This key enables you to go from one link to another all along the page, from top to bottom and from left to right.
    By using the “Enter” key, you activate the link you are on.
  • The “bottom” and “top” keys you to go down or up the page you have in front of you.


To discover the resources of the PAM, four search methods are available:

  • Simple search
  • Random search
  • Random search
  • Thematic exploration
Simple search

This search can be done from the home page or from inside the site, in the bar dedicated to this use.
This search can be done from the home page or from inside the site, in the bar dedicated to this use.

It is possible to search on one or several terms by using the operators ET (and), OU (or), SAUF (without). The default operator is ET.
For example: Faust decor = decor ET Faust
By starting this search all the documents containing the words “decor” and “Faust” will come up.

It is also possible to carry out more complex searches with logical operators and the use of brackets.
For example: Glove puppets SAUF (Guignol OU Gnafron) = glove puppet – (Guignol or Gnafron).
By launching this search all the documents from files containing the term “glove puppet” will appear, except for those containing the word “Guignol” or the word “Gnafron”.

Do not forget to leave a space between the operators and the words searched for.

The star (*) may replace one or several characters and enable the user to obtain all the terms which have the same root.
For example: the request “teach*” will bring up images with terms teacher, teaching etc.

This system may be used for the beginning, middle or end of a word. If it is used alone in the search window, it may bring up all the photos or media contained in the base.

NB: The search is not sensitive to regular plurals in French, characters with accents and upper/lower case characters.
For example: arts associés = art associé = art associe = ART ASSOCIE

Random search

By clicking on the “Random” button on the home page or in the menu on the left of the interface for consulting resources online, a document will be obtained randomly picked from the Video, Images or Objects bases from the PAM.

Advanced search

Advanced search enables the user to carry out more exact searches on certain fields proposed on the base. It allows combination of criteria.
Requests may concern one or several fields linked by logical operators
For certain fields, it is possible to access help lists.
By default, the logical operator is the “et”.

NB: The search is dynamic: only terms which give results are proposed to users.

Thematic exploration

This search is carried out in the form of a dynamic directory structure. It is possible to pull down the directory structure to consult all the terms.
A click on the term in the structure will launch the search.


The system offers three modes of display:

  • Mosaic of thumbnails
  • List of thumbnails accompanied by an extract from the notice
  • Notice: complete notice on the document, with possibility to zoom on the medium.

A click on the corresponding pictograms will enable the user to go from one mode of presentation to another.
Whatever the mode of display, the browser pad remains available.

Above the result window, the number of results corresponding to the search appears, as well as the number of pages of results.
Browsing in the pages of results may be from one page to another or by using the scroll bar.

At the top right of the thread, several sort filters are proposed, by update, by alphabetical order of titles, by chronological order of creation, etc.


To access all the functionalities of the site (possibility of constituting albums and keeping your selection between one consultation and another, post up comments, participate in a forum), please click on “identify yourself” at the top right of the screen, and then enter your screen name and your password.

If you do not have an account, you can create one by using the registration form “Creating your space” in the top right of the screen.

The creation of specific accounts (“professional” or “researcher”) is subject to restriction. Use the registration form. The site administrator will send you confirmation of your account shortly.


  • Creating an album: you just have to click “new album” or on the  pictogram and enter the name of the album.
  • To add a document to an album: select the album you want and click on the  pictogram under the documents you want to add.
    The system will automatically record the updates.
    NB: The order of documents is that of their entry in the album.
  • To locate a saved album: go to your personal space, and click on the album you want.
  • To delete a document from an album: click on the  pictogram.
  • To delete an album: it is possible to delete one or several albums by clicking on the button  Delete.


If you wish to order one of the documents present on this site, please contact the institution or the person whose details are given under the section “Contact copyright” on the thumb index “References” of the notice, and supply the identifiers indicated in this same thumb index.