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Site map

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The pages listed below comprise the domain of:

Base site
Home page

The story behind the EarthOdyssey™ pulling tool

How to contact us

How to order

Printable order form

NY State sales tax calculator

Enhanced NY State sales tax calculator

Privacy policy, Legal notice and Security issues

How to recycle

Recycling symbols (U.S.)

Recycling symbols (Japan)

Recycling symbols (New Zealand)

Recycling symbols (Australia)

Site map, Site accessibility and External links (this page)

Lawn rake invention
A New Invention: Lawn Rake and Crosshead Assembly

Patent information:
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Site accessibility

XHTML1.0: Extensible hypertext mark-up language version 1.0 (XHTML1.0) is a transition language developed by the World Wide Web Consortion (W3C®) to provide a bridge between HTML 4.01 and XML, or extensible mark-up language. XHTML 1.0 comes in several flavors, the two most important being the transitional version and the strict version. The pages of this website conform to the requirements of XHTML1.0 Transitional and have been validated through the W3C® XHTML validator. A symbol in the lower lefthand corner of this page indicates that this page has been validated according to the specification of XHTML 1.0. Another excellent online validator is presented by the Web Design Group as the WDG HTML Validator.

Cascading style sheets: Cascading style sheets (CSS) provide a uniform set of rules to render style on a webpage. What it style? Style contrasts with the structural elements or tags that have been the basis of HTML. Structural tags are tags such as: head, body, table, p, div, address, tr, td, and so forth. The tags that formerly were identified as font and center, for example, have now migrated into the area of style and will not be allowed as structural tags in XML, although they are still tolerated in XHTML 1.0. Whereas HTML and XHTML tags control how the individual pages of a site are assembled by a browser, style provides characteristics of appearance that can be common to all pages, one page, or parts of one page.

Style gives appearance to a webpage and includes the attributes of color, font characteristics, and background characteristics, among others. Cascading style sheets began with specification level 1, and have now been refined with specification level 2, and the latest style sheets are often referred to as CSS2. This website uses style sheets to the fullest extent possible and such use has been validated through the W3C® CSS validator to comply with the CSS specification. Another symbol in the lower lefthand corner of this page indicates that this page has been validated according to the specification of CSS.

For optimal viewing of this website, style sheets must be enabled in your browser's preference settings.

Accessibility features: Many features have been provided to aid experienced web surfers, relative newcomers to the internet, and people, who by virtue of age, or birth abnormalities, or disease, or accident, may not possess all of the physical and/or mental capabilites that seem to be required for a rewarding experience on the web. Some of the concerns within the internet community that have been addressed by this site are listed below.

  • Alternative text has been provided with all images. Alternative text displays as a small whitish-yellowish text box that drops down near the mouse pointer.
  • The title attribute is provided with div, table, tr, td, and href structural tags wherever possible. The title attribute gives information concerning the purpose of the structural tag. In many cases the tag is only used for layout of the webpage, and the title will so indicate.
  • Contrasting foreground and background colors have been utilized.
  • All font has been rendered in bold to enhance contrast and readability.
  • Navigational menus, buttons, and links have been spread throughout each page to expedite the navigational experience.
  • Certain pages have been provided with rating buttons to provide instantaneous, and anonymous, feedback concerning the content of the site and the products being offered.
  • Color has been used extensively to enhance the presentation of information. However, the color rendition and its recognition, is not required for navigational purposes.
  • Onclick event initiators have been supplemented with onkeypress event initiators. Onmouseover and onmouseout event initiators, where possible, have been supplemented with onfocus and onblur event initiators, respectively.

Site accessibility rating: The W3C® Web Content Accessibility Guidelines specify three levels of accessibility. The levels are: level A, Double-A, and Triple-A with Triple-A offering the highest level of accessibility. The pages on this site achieve level-A conformance, as indicated by a third symbol in the lower lefthand corner of the page.

Note on site accessibility validation: While HTML, XHTML, XML, and CSS can be validated by computer with near perfect results, validation for accessibility requires human judgment as well. Therefore, any display of a certification for accessibility is based as much on human judgment as on a computer evaluation.

Javascript: If your browser is not JavaScript enabled or capable, portions of these webpages will not display properly. In particular, the sales tax calculator will not function. However, it is still possible to meander around the site without the advanced features of javascript. The commercial purposes of this site in offering new patented products to the public are fully conveyed without the need for javascript.

External links

World Wide Web Consortium: The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C®) is of course the organization empowered for all development of SGML (structural general mark-up language) of which HTML, XHTML, and XML are a few. The consortium has an excellent website, which is expansive and somewhat difficult to navigate. The following links provide some strategic entry points to the site which may prove very useful.

HTML Validation Service

The validation service of W3C® will validate the source code of your web page against the following versions of HTML: HTML 2.0, HTML 3.2, HTML 4.01 Frameset, HTML 4.01 Transitional, HTML 4.01 Strict, XHTML 1.0 Frameset, XHTML 1.0 Transitional, and XHTML 1.0 Strict. A complete listing of all errors will be provided.

CSS Validation Service

The CSS validation service will validate your HTML and CSS sourde code, or stand alone CSS source code, according to the CSS level 1 specification or the CSS level 2 specification. Again all errors are presented, together with warnings which aren't errors but rather areas for code improvement.

W3C® Link Checker

This page checks all of the links within the particular page that is being tested.

W3C® Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

A detailed guideline for displaying content so that as many disabled people as possible will have as little difficulty as possible in accessing (understanding) the content.

W3C® CSS2 Specification

The detailed specification for Cascading Style Sheets, level 2, including Appendix F, a complete listing of style properties.

W3C® Technical Reports and Publications

A complete listing of all of the W3C® reports, specifications, and publications.

ICRA: The Internet Content Rating Association provides an industry accepted standard and methodology for labelling the content of websites concerning viewing suitability for people of various age groups. The system is voluntary and self-imposed by webpage authors and site owners. It is effective only if the content of a page or site accurately reflects the description submitted for that page or site.

The issues being addressed are freedom of speech and the protection of children. The intent of the labelling standard is to prevent children from viewing sites containing material inappropriate for their age group. A content label is embedded within a meta tag of a mark-up language document to provide a mechanism for evaluating webpage content through a browser or filtering software.

Display of a button, such as the one showing 'ICRA' at the bottom of this page, then indicates to visitors that the page is intended to have a content label. However, mere display of the button does not signify what that content label is, the suitability of the site for particular viewing audiences, or even whether a meta tag label is actually present. Detection of the label is done automatically by the browser or by separately installed filtering software, assuming the proper meta tag has been embedded. Parents, then for example, can set filter parameters to control the content to which access can be gained. A detailed specification for content labelling can be found at the W3C® webpage Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS). To see the meta tag label on this website, go to view source and look for meta http-equiv=pics-label near the top of the document.

SafeSurf®: Another content labelling standard is SafeSurf®, which also makes use of the W3C® PICS content rating specification. A meta tag issued through SafeSurf® has been embedded in the source code of each page of this website.

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The Story behind the EarthOdyssey pulling tool: Learn how the EarthOdyssey™ pulling tool was invented, what it's used for, and why it can be helpful to you in your daily life. Then on the same page view more images of the EarthOdyssey™ pulling tool.

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