Web accessibility at LAC

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) recognizes its responsibility to develop electronic information that is accessible and useable by all people. While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accessibility of this site, some content or services found here might be inaccessible to some visitors. In those circumstances, the contact information for someone who can assist you has been provided.

For information about physical accessibility to Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, see the Visit Us-Accessibility page.

Accessibility Features Statement

In order to make this site more accessible, Library and Archives Canada has employed templates which:

  • are XHTML 1.0 Strict conformant, to improve compatibility with adaptive technologies, handheld devices, browsers, and search engines;
  • have been successfully tested on a wide range of adaptive technologies and browser/platform combinations to ensure that Canadians can access Web pages regardless of the technology used;
  • include major components, such as the common menu bar, side menu, and content area that are properly marked up with headings to simplify navigation with a screen reader;
  • employ table-less layout and design to simplify screen reader navigation by reducing the structural complexity of Web pages;
  • improve accessibility by allowing visitors to configure visual elements to meet their accessibility needs;
  • use scalable fonts and text-based navigational elements to improve accessibility and simplify navigation using adaptive technologies;
  • provide printer-friendly functionality in the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to render pages more compatible with printers and to prevent printing unnecessary page elements;
  • separate visual presentation from the document structure;
  • avoid truncated and overlapped elements at very large font sizes;
  • employ skip navigation links at the beginning of the page for quickly moving to the content or the institutional links. These skip navigation links become visible when a mouse pointer hovers over top or when selected using a keyboard or other alternate input device.

Increasing Text Size

To increase the text size when viewing LAC websites, you can change the settings in your Web browser. Follow the instructions below based on the browser you are using or select your browser's "Help" for details.

Internet Explorer

  1. Select "View" in the menu bar.
  2. Select "Text Size."
  3. Select "Larger" or "Largest."

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Select "View" in the menu bar.
  2. Select "Text Size."
  3. Select "Increase."
  4. To increase the text size further, continue selecting "Increase."


  1. Select "View" in the menu bar.
  2. Select "Zoom."
  3. From the menu, select the size of text you would like to view.
  4. To increase the text size further, increase the percentage.


  1. Select "View" in the menu bar.
  2. Select "Zoom In".
  3. To increase the text size further, continue selecting "Zoom In".


  1. Select the wrench icon on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select "Options" ("Preferences" on Mac and Linux; "Settings" on Chrome OS).
  3. Select "Under the Hood".
  4. In the "Web Content" section, use the "Font size" menu to make adjustments.
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