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The use of IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) technology in the “France-England: Medieval Manuscripts between 700 and 1200” website enables users to compare the manuscripts held in the collections of the British Library and the BnF within the same interface (and therefore on a single screen) without having to open several viewers at a time.

This technology, which has been in development since 2010, is the result of work undertaken by teams from a consortium [of the same name] chaired by Stanford University, within which the BnF and the BL have played a key role from the very beginning.

The Mirador interoperable viewer has recently been designed to demonstrate IIIF’s ability to consult external sources. This web viewer provides advanced functionalities for zooming, comparing and annotating high-resolution images, irrespective of the document type or source digital library. It allows digital documents, from different image warehouses compatible with IIIF standards, to be displayed in a common interface.