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
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.
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).
|0||Top||Jump to Top of Page|
|1||Content||Jump to Main Content|
|2||Comments||Jump to Comments|
|3||Homepage||Visit Home Page|
|5||Sitemap||Visit Site Map|
|6||Contact||Visit Contact Page|
|7||About||Visit About Page|
|8||Accessibility||Visit Accessibility Statement|
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 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
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
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!