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Perishable Press

Accessibility Statement

Striving toward Universal Accessibility and Usability

In order to facilitate user operation, enhance usability, and increase accessibility overall, many beneficial features have been incorporated into this site’s design. For example, navigational links are located consistently in key areas throughout the site and are easily accessible. Additionally, all site links are highlighted upon focus to facilitate keyboard-only navigation. Also, “Quick-Jump” links — also known as Access Keys — are included on every page. Access Keys enable users to navigate quickly around the site.

Beyond navigational features, this site also employs sufficiently contrasted text, code, icons, and other visual elements. Site content is presented via web-safe colors, common primary fonts, and universal backup fonts. All text and site content is completely resizable via any browser, and some browsers provide additional accessibility tools. To adjust text size, hold the [Ctrl] (Control) button on your keyboard and rotate the scroll wheel on your mouse. Or, to set the text size via your browser: Go to the View menu option and look for “Zoom” or “Text Size” options. To learn more, visit the documentation for your specific browser.

In addition to good contrast and resizable text, all links and form fields are designed to change appearance upon user focus via keyboard or mouse. This functionality greatly facilitates the process of navigating through the site using only a keyboard (no mouse). While altering visual properties of fields and links to indicate focus is far from perfect, it definitely reduces confusion and assists user accessibility.

Always Free and Accessible

In general, the functional accessibility of Perishable Press is self-contained and requires no additional software, plugins, or extensions in order to function properly. Given that you have access to the internet via any relatively modern browser device, this site will deliver its content in a format that is usable by all humans (and all good robots). For example, neither CSS nor JavaScript is required to access site content. Our content is readable by any web browser, cloud service, proxy script, app protocol, OS terminal, or DOS prompt.

While features like JavaScript, Flash, and media players enhance the user experience, they are not required to enjoy virtually all of our content. Some content such as JavaScript tutorials may actually require JavaScript, or whatever specific application or language is being used. All of the written content is freely accessible to all users.

Assurance of Quality

To ensure usable site design and accessible user interface, qualitative testing is performed for several key factors, including usability, accessibility, privacy, browser compatibility, and standards compliance. We employ services such as WAVE to ensure complete usability and accessibility. We also employ valid, semantically correct HTML markup and CSS that validate against W3C standards. If ever you should find something that could be improved in any way, please feel free to let us know.

Overall, Perishable Press is developed and maintained according to the cornerstone principles of modern website design: progressive enhancement, unobtrusive scripting, backward compatibility, and a strict separation of content, structure, presentation, and behavior. Whether experiencing our accessibility features firsthand or examining our official Accessibility Statement, suffice it to say that Perishable Press strives to deliver clear, concise content via accessible, standards-compliant design that is free and available for everyone to use and enjoy.

Access Keys

Perishable Press provides various “Access Keys” which serve as keyboard shortcuts to facilitate site navigation. Here is a list of the Access Keys available throughout this site (depending on page, content, context, et al).

Access Key Location Description
0 Top Jump to Top of Page
1 Content Jump to Main Content
2 Comments Jump to Comments
3 Homepage Visit Home Page
4 Archives Visit Archives
5 Sitemap Visit Site Map
6 Contact Visit Contact Page
7 About Visit About Page
8 Accessibility Visit Accessibility Statement
9 Privacy Visit Privacy Policy

Using AccessKeys is theoretically simple, although browser manufacturers have yet to agree on a standard way of using them. Here is a current list describing the various browser’s methods for utilizing AccessKey functionality.

Well-Structured, Valid Markup

Perishable Press employs well-structured, valid HTML markup throughout the site. Please feel free to validate any page on this site via the’s HTML validation tool. In general, valid markup ensures accessibility on virtually any HTML-enabled device, delivering site content accurately and consistently. Perishable Press also strives to maintain well-formed, validating CSS and unobtrusive JavaScript to enhance usability and design, however all content remains accessible without CSS and/or JavaScript functionality.

Meta Information

Perishable Press provides meta information for images, links, abbreviations, and acronyms. For images conveying semantic meaning, textual descriptions are provided via alt attributes. Images conveying no semantical information (e.g., background images, racing stripes, and other presentational graphics) will present an empty alt attribute. Similarly, links, acronyms, and abbreviations will provide explanatory descriptions via title attributes.

404 Links

On the Web, pages come and go every day. Because of this, you may encounter hyperlinks that lead to “404 – Not Found” results. We try to repair all 404 links as quickly as they happen, but that is not always possible. If you encounter a broken link, please report it immediately so we can take action and get it fixed up. Also, if you encounter some text that looks like this, that means the text was linked to a resource that no longer is available. If you hover over the once-linked text, you will see that it says “404 link removed”. For additional details about the link, check the source code for any “data” attributes, like data-date, data-title, and data-url.

Questions and Feedback

If you have questions, concerns, feedback, advice, recommendations, or general comments, contact us anytime and we’ll get back to you asap. Thanks!