The Cleveland Play House


This is the official accessibility statement for If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me.

Access keys

Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key.

The following access keys function on most pages of this site (the 'Home page' access key is available from all pages. If you find that other access keys are not available on some pages, use access key 1 to return to the home page and from there you can use the other defined access keys.

Access key 1
Home page
Access key 4
Search box
Access key 9
Access key 0
Accessibility statement

Furthermore, this site uses structured semantic markup to define headings. JAWS users can use ALT+INSERT+2 to navigate forward to the next major heading and ALT+INSERT+3 to navigate forward to minor headings.

Standards compliance

This site strives to be as compliant as possible following these published standards:

  1. U.S. Section 508 Guidelines (as validated through BOBBY)
  2. W3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
  3. XHTML 1.0 (Transitional)
  4. W3 CSS2

Navigation aids

  1. Pages use rel=previous, next, and top links to aid navigation in text-only browsers and screen readers. Netscape 6+ and Mozilla users can also take advantage of this feature by selecting the View menu, Show/Hide, Site Navigation Bar, Show Only As Needed (or Show Always).
  2. All tables have a caption, a summary, and properly scoped header cells, to allow screen readers to render intelligently.


  1. Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.
  2. Whever possible, links are written to make sense out of context. Many browsers (such as JAWS, Home Page Reader, Lynx, and Opera) can extract the list of links on a page and allow the user to browse the list, separately from the page.
  3. There are no "javascript:" pseudo-links. All links can be followed in any browser, even if scripting is turned off.
  4. There are no links that open new windows without warning. The home page has a checkbox for users with javascript enabled to set links to open in a new window.


  1. All content images used in the home page and all archives include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
  2. Complex images include LONGDESC attributes and links to text-only descriptions to explain each image to non-visual readers. (This is a work in progress.)

Visual design

This site and all its archives use cascading style sheets for visual layout.

  1. The default stylesheet uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers. For example, if you're using Internet Explorer, you can make your default text size larger under the "View" menu, "Text Size", "Larger" (or "Largest").
  2. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

Acronyms and abbreviations

Due to its technical nature, this site makes use of many acronyms and abbreviations. I try to define each instance with the appropriate HTML tag, but some older documents do not include them, and some older software does not support the HTML markup.

Ratings is self-rated using the PICS syntax from Safe for Kids, SafeSurf and ICRA.


Not all of the information on the site is contained directly in HTML pages. Hopefully the information below will assist those not familiar with some of the technologies used. We have attempted to list resources for a variey of platforms and browsers.

Compressed files attached to these pages are in Zip format. These files can be opened with Stuffit Expander(Mac, Windows, Linux and DOS versions available) from Aladdin Systems. You can also use WinZip(Windows only) from Nico Mak Computing and PKZip(Windows, Dos, OS/2, Unix) from PKWare.

WinZip and PKZip are shareware. Users who find these products useful are urged to properly register them. Stuffit Expander is available for free.

Portable Document Format(PDF) is used for some of the pages on this web site. Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Adobe also offers several accessibility options for PDF files. xpdf is available for X-Windows(X11) systems. The Ghostscript homepage also provides number of resources for displaying and printing Postscript and PDF format files. Most of the PDF files from the Play House are created using version 4.0 or greater.

We provide some calendar and contact information for design teams in vCalendar and vCard formats. Both of these standards are compatable with a variety of scheduling and email clients. Both Mozilla Calendar and iCal can import the calendar data.

We also have used Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) for some of the 3-D models available on the web site. A VRML player we have had good luck with is the Cosmo Player available from Cosmo Software.

Some pages make use of Scalable Vector Graphics(SVG). SVG is a new graphics standard proposed by W3C. The Adobe SVG plug-in is available for users of Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. Macintosh Internet Explorer does not support scripting with the SVG plug-in. This is a fault in the browser not the plug-in. The current version of the Adobe plug-in will not function correctly if installed for both IE and Netscape on the same machine. The W3 SVG page list other implementations as they become available.

CAD files are created in MiniCAD/VectorWorks from Nemetschek and are available as zip files. Refer to the software info page for more details.

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