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I'm a web accessibility expert and I transform PSD/PNG designs in XHTML/CSS the rest of the time.

I work for alsacreations.fr, a french web agency and I am also involved in alsacreations.com, an active french-speaking community where webdesigners and webdevelopers concerned by web standards and accessibility topics can learn and discuss. And find jobs too.


Dec
8
comment In Paris, can one purchase pre-paid sim card upon arrival at CDG airport?
It's still called "Mobicarte" I guess. Expect very pricey communications for phoning abroad (from France) with this card. Also there may have a few days of delay for activating phone calls outside France (not sure though, but from personal experience it took 5 days of activation to be able to phone FROM abroad - Netherlands - to France with a Mobicarte)
Dec
8
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Dec
8
comment Skiing in the French Alps - by Van
If you can choose which week(s) you'll go on holidays, I think the best moment is january. Most probably, there'll be plenty of snow AND few people in parkings, skiing, etc. As there are people from all over Europe coming to Alps (DE, BE, UK, DK, even S), there are calendars of school vacations in Europe that might be handy. Expect crowded and pricey resorts from 15/02 till 08/03
Dec
8
comment Skiing in the French Alps - by Van
First rule for living on a parking is "don't be a Rom"... More on topic, the closest département from UK is Haute-Savoie (74). Chatel resort (wonderful) is full of british people because it's also the closest from Geneva airport. Savoie (73) is a bit further and then South Alps is quite far (there are small (?) resorts 1H from Nice I believe).
Dec
8
comment Skiing in the French Alps - by Van
@Vince Very often, yes. Height between 1.9 and 2.1m I guess (I'm 1.9m tall so I'd have not*BOOM*iced 1.8m ones ^^). Even if a Ford Transit is lower than that, there'll be problems with Gendarmerie Nationale or town police (not a real police but they'll call the real one). 2 people at night on a parking is suspicious (and they don't bring as much money as other tourists: not OK with them). Engine on for hours for heating the vehicle will be heard from a distance at night.
Dec
8
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Dec
8
comment Can tourists get French cheque books?
For my daily expenses, I withdraw 100-150€ at an ATM and then pay everything with EUR banknotes. Storekeepers or event organizers that'd prefer not storing banknotes by fear of robbery will have a credit card reader. Otherwise, avoid banknotes larger than 50€ except where they're common (luxury, **** hotels). For example, a highway toll in Alsace (close to Germany) has a sign that let germans in holidays know that NO, they can't pay the 5€ toll with their 200 or 500€ banknotes ^^ (because too many just want to do that and well, cash escort attacked with an AK47 or RPG isn't fun...)
Dec
8
comment Can tourists get French cheque books?
1/ You could ask your bank, if you're in Belgium. They may have agreements with a french bank for this sort of things. 2/ If any bank emits prepaid cheques, I'd first ask Société Générale. Or ING direct as they've a branch here in France. 3/ We lagged a lot in bank services 10 years ago (and still do) but cheques are disappearing, except for deposit cheques. Visa/CB (credit card) is nearly everywhere and if you must wait 48H for a prepaid cheque, well just ask for a wire transfer instead (needs IBAN, still called "RIB" here except they're obsolote number accounts. IBAN is fine)
Dec
8
comment Can tourists get French cheque books?
@Gagravarr I guess a cheque in Euro from a foreign bank would cost a hefty fee to the shopkeeper. Wire transfer in SEPA zone wouldn't (anymore)
Sep
3
awarded  Editor
Sep
3
revised What is the cheapest way to send books from USA to France?
grammar/typos
Sep
3
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Sep
3
comment Why are airline passengers asked to lift up window shades during takeoff and landing?
Example of what is a 90 second evacuation test, part of qualification of the Airbus A380. That was part of the initial problem conceiving a 858 passengers plane. As any other plane, it must be able to evacuate its passengers in less than 90 seconds or else Airbus just lost billions of Euro! Watch the video and think about all the things you won't have the time to do if it happens...
Sep
3
comment Why are airline passengers asked to lift up window shades during takeoff and landing?
As a friend of a cabin crew, I can back up this 90 seconds requirement for evacuation and seats occupied by ABPs. It's part of their initial training and they've a final test where they MUST evacuate a plane full of smoke in less than 90 seconds or FAIL their qualification. No need to hurry but everything must be executed smoothly. ABPs will help by not blocking, showing others what to do and after they're out of plane will help for "reception" of elder or disabled passengers, children and (the worst) scaried adults. Window shades: yes you must see engines, wings, tarmac or sea outside
Apr
15
comment Any special way to mark penicillin allergy on my passport?
(IANAMD but I am french) French is "Allergie à la pénicilline" ("Known allergies:" can be translated by "Allergies connues :") so it won't take a genius to understand this ;) and you can expect to be understood by many (but not all) professionals if you speak slowly without too much accent. :)
Feb
16
comment Does the rotation of the earth affect the travel time from Europe to Australia?
France is part of EU and has quite a few Overseas regions: Martinique and Guadeloupe islands in Caribbean Sea, French Guiana (from where Ariane V is launched), Réunion and Mayotte in Indian Ocean close to Africa). Seems that French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon (close to Canada) are also voting for elections in European Parliament (and maybe still New Caledonia, for a few years).
Feb
16
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