Important Site Information

This page is to help you know how Productive Alternatives is helping you use and navigate our web information.


Productive Alternatives is committed to preserving your privacy. No unique data is collected on this website which could be used to trace you or your activities on this site. The only information gathered on this site is generic, non-identifying information for statistical purposes. If you choose to contact us using our contact form, certain personal information will be required in order to contact you in return.


Productive Alternatives is committed to ensuring that our website is accessible to everyone. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, please contact us, as we’re always interested in improving the experience for all of our visitors.

Standards compliance

  1. All pages on this site follow U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.
  2. All pages on this site follow priorities 1 & 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  3. All pages on this site have been validated as XHTML 1.0 Strict.
  4. All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for the document header, H2 and H3 tags for subtitles. For example, on this page, JAWS users can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+4. Opera users can skip sections by using "S" and "W" to cycle forwards and backwards respectively through headings.

Structural Markup

Web pages on include 4 different areas:

  1. A header region with a top navigation bar and internal page navigation
  2. A left "side bar" containing additional navigation relevant to the current page, and
  3. A main content area,
  4. A footer region with further information links.

When CSS (Cascading Styles Sheets) are not applied to a document (or when using a screen reader), the 4 areas are read in the above order.

Access Keys

This site does not use the accesskey attribute.

Unfortunately, access keys often clash with keys set aside for use with other UAs (i.e. assistive technology). For this reason, we have decided to not set access keys.


  1. Unless they are purely decorative items, all images used on this web site have suitable alt attributes.
  2. Content should be usable/accessible with images "off" (disabled).


  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. Links are intended to make sense out of context.
  3. The first link in every document is a "Skip to Content"; it is to skip directly to what is considered the main section of the page (the content).
  4. URLs are permanent whenever possible.


This website makes extensive use of online forms for comments and contacts. They use these accessibility methods:

  1. All form controls are appropriately and explicitly labeled.
  2. Form validation routine does not rely on client-side script.


  1. Any client-side scripts used are non obtrusive.
  2. The content of this web site is usable without JavaScript support.

Visual design

  1. This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
  2. This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers.
  3. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
  4. Any information conveyed through the use of color is also available without color (i.e. text based).