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For additional information, see the Accessibility Design and Features page.
This website is designed and maintained by Cynthia A. Lockley; a part-time Web developer and technical editor.
The site was first put up in December 1994. Site awards are listed on the Awards page.
Note: Play a little mood music while you browse this site:
Mood music selections are from Warren Trachtman's Ragtime MIDI Page. Other sources for background music are
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See the Counters page for access count totals since 1996 for those pages that are tracked. (Not all pages are tracked by this method.)
Search capability of the entire site is available using Google search form at the bottom of the page.
For specific details about the accessibility of this site, see the Accessibility Design and Features page.
These pages are designed with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) level 2 without the use of tables for the page layout.
Relative font sizes are used, which allows users to increase or decrease the font size in the browser's View menu. We have also made two style sheets for text only views: one for printing the page and one in a large font size for users who need larger text. For examples of readable and unreadable onscreen fonts, see the Fonts Comparison table. Fonts used in this site are specified in ems and percents so they may be resized according to the user's preferences. Except in the Windows platform, the hierarchy for the fonts specified in the font family is Verdana (or Trebuchet MS), Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, and sans-serif. In the Windows platform, the hierarchy for the fonts specified in the font family is Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, and sans-serif. Your browser will use the first font in the list that you have installed on your computer. The first choice font is Microsoft®'s wide Verdana font and the Trebuchet MS font. These TrueType® fonts were designed to improve the challenges of onscreen display with clear distinctions between similar letters such as the lowercase i j l, the uppercase I J L, and the number 1 and is a humanist sans serif designed for easy screen readability. Trebuchet MS and the wider width Verdana fonts are installed with Microsoft's Office and Internet Explorer applications. For information about the fonts and for links to free font utilities, see Microsoft's Typography Website.
Some hypertext links may take you to Portable Document Format (PDF) files you can view in your Web browser. PDF file links are marked by the PDF icon ( ). PDF files are extremely compact, platform-independent, and easy to create. They offer design control, print-ready documents, and an endless array of authoring applications. PDF is an extension of the Encapsulated PostScript format that allows hypertext linking. Some PDF files may contain hypertext links that take you to another location in the PDF file or to another Web page. The hypertext links are indicated by a hot spot in the PDF file where the cursor changes to a hand with a pointing finger. Use the Back button to return to previous pages in the Web browser or to return from the PDF viewer to the HTML viewer.
PDF Error Message Note: If you are using Netscape Communicator® 4.0 or you get a message that says "invalid color space, suppress further errors", or blank boxes appear in place of text, you will need to upgrade your PDF reader plug-in to the latest version of Acrobat® Reader™. It is FREE from Adobe®. Some PDF files are saved with accessibility and search capabilities for screen readers. The Acrobat Reader, full version has accessibility and search capabilities. For more information about Adobe Acrobat accessibility, see the Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, and accessibility: FAQs. After installing the Reader, use the Help menu to select "Updates..." to be sure you have the latest version. The Adobe® website provides good technical support in their Support Knowledgebase. For example, solutions for printing problems with an Acrobat 5-7 PDF file on Windows; and solutions for printing problems with an Acrobat 5-7 PDF file on Mac OS.
You can find helpful information in my World Wide Web Resources page. It provides links to sources for audio, browsers, graphics and icons, HTML and SGML guides, information about publishing on the Web, and related software and tools. Tutorials and additional guidelines are also available to members of the HTML Writers Guild. Use a variety of Web search engines provided on the Search the Web page to look for additional resources, people, places, and things. If you are new to the World Wide Web and want to learn how to create your own home page, see my presentation and workshop about The World Wide Web and How to Get into It.
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