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Fwd: GW Micro Helps Make Macromedia Flash Content Accessible to People Who Are Blind

From: Aaron Smith <aaron@gwmicro.com>
Date: Mon, 04 Mar 2002 14:21:54 -0500
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>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>
>March 4, 2002
>
>GW Micro Helps Make Macromedia Flash Content Accessible to People Who Are 
>Blind
>
>
>(Fort Wayne, IN) -- GW Micro, creator of Window-Eyes Standard and 
>Window-Eyes Professional, is proud to announce support for the new 
>Macromedia Flash Player 6 announced today by Macromedia.  Window-Eyes is a 
>software screen reader for people who are blind. Macromedia Flash Player 6 
>provides Window-Eyes users with access to the most exciting and engaging 
>content and applications on the web. This is the first release of 
>Macromedia Flash Player that communicates with screen readers. People with 
>visual disabilities can now share in the best experience on the web.
>
>Macromedia Flash MX, which was also announced today, enables the 
>development of a new generation of rich Internet content and applications. 
>The product simplifies the creation of Section 508-compliant content by 
>including features to quickly add descriptive text when content is being 
>created.
>
>Macromedia Flash Player 6 leverages the Microsoft Active Accessibility 
>(MSAA) standard for accessible application development on the Windows 
>platform.  MSAA provides a standard for assistive technology vendors to 
>incorporate Macromedia Flash support into their tools.  With the release 
>of Macromedia Flash MX and Flash Player 6, Macromedia is working with 
>developers and designers to make the web accessible to all.
>
>"Macromedia is committed to making powerful products that push the promise 
>of the Internet forward without leaving anybody behind," said Bob Regan, 
>product manager, accessibility, Macromedia. "GW Micro is a leader in 
>providing accessible solutions built on the MSAA standard, so they were an 
>obvious choice to ensure rich Macromedia Flash content and applications 
>were available to people who are blind."
>
>Clarence Whaley, Director of Sales and Marketing for GW Micro, stated, 
>"The efforts of GW Micro and Macromedia are impacting the lives of those 
>of us who are blind more than ever before. This product integration allows 
>more people who are blind to enter the workforce and have greater 
>independence by accessing web content that in the past had to be read by 
>someone sighted."
>
>The Window-Eyes Professional software for Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, XP 
>Home Edition, and XP Professional retails for $795.00, and is available 
>for purchase.  This one size fits all pricing makes Window-Eyes 
>Professional the most affordable screen reader on the market, and with the 
>new Macromedia Flash Player 6 you will have access like never before.
>
>Founded in 1990, GW Micro, a Fort Wayne, Indiana-based assistive 
>technology company, is committed to producing the most reliable screen 
>reader available for people who are blind.  Using Window-Eyes Professional 
>and Macromedia Flash MX allows them to view flash content with speech 
>synthesis and refreshable Braille displays, making it now possible to 
>enjoy the same access as their sighted peers.
>
>Contact: Clarence Whaley
>clarence@gwmicro.com
>www.gwmicro.com
>615/383-6248
>
>
>--
>Aaron Smith
>GW Micro
>Phone: 260/489-3671
>Fax: 260/489-2608
>WWW: http://www.gwmicro.com
>FTP: ftp://ftp.gwmicro.com
>Technical Support & Web Development
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Aaron Smith
GW Micro
Phone: 260/489-3671
Fax: 260/489-2608
WWW: http://www.gwmicro.com
FTP: ftp://ftp.gwmicro.com
Technical Support & Web Development
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