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Re: New version of Macromedia Flash Player enables people with disabilities to experience rich content and applications

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 12:07:15 -0500
To: Aaron Smith <aaron@gwmicro.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-id: <01aa01c1c531$60254850$c48d3244@cp286066a>
problem is again and don't get me rong, this is a huge stride forward
but only for a narrow population.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Aaron Smith" <aaron@gwmicro.com>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Monday, March 04, 2002 2:22 PM
Subject: Fwd: New version of Macromedia Flash Player enables people with
disabilities to experience rich content and applications

Here's another...

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>New version of Macromedia Flash Player enables people with disabilities
>experience rich content and applications
>San Francisco, California -- March 4, 2002 -- Macromedia*, Inc.
>MACR) today announced accessibility support in both the Macromedia
>MX development software and Macromedia Flash Player 6. The player will
>include support for Microsoft Active Accessibility, which will enable
>people with disabilities to interact with Macromedia Flash content and
>applications using accessibility aids such as screen readers.
>Flash MX (announced today, see separate release) simplifies the
>of accessible content by enabling the addition of descriptive text to
>Internet content and applications. According to Section 508 guidelines,
>all federal agencies are required by law to make all content and
>offered on their Internet and intranet sites accessible.
>"Macromedia is committed to ensuring our products can be used to
>great experiences to all people, including those with disabilities. We
>built core Microsoft accessibility technology directly into the player
>ensure this crucial issue was addressed," said Kevin Lynch, chief
>architect, Macromedia. "Macromedia has a corporate initiative to
>accessible solutions across our tools so that our developers can
>content and applications that both meet federal guidelines and are
>available to people with disabilities."
>"Microsoft Active Accessibility was specifically designed to simplify
>development of products such as Macromedia Flash Player to ensure that
>they easily interoperate with accessibility aids to deliver accessible
>content and applications," said Madelyn Bryant McIntire, group manager,
>Accessible Technology Group, Microsoft Corp. "Microsoft builds
>accessibility into our platform to let software developers quickly
>accessible solutions to the marketplace."
>Macromedia Flash MX provides a simple, one-step procedure for selecting
>items within content and applications and adding descriptive text. When
>that content passes through to Macromedia Flash Player, it sends that
>descriptive text to an Active Accessibility client such as Window Eyes
>from GW Micro.
>Microsoft Active Accessibility provides a standard means for client
>software to communicate with assistive technologies. It also delivers
>identifiable standard to developers of assistive technologies, so they
>include Macromedia Flash support into tools for people with
>"WGBH Interactive is committed to creating engaging and accessible
>for the web," said Peter Pinch, director of technology, interactive
>content, WGBH. "Using Macromedia Flash MX, we can now build in
>accessibility for Macromedia Flash content, and provide exciting
>interactive content for our entire audience."
>Macromedia provides advice and tips on creating accessible online
>using its tools, clients, and servers in its Accessibility Resource
>(http://www.macromedia.com/macromedia/accessibility/). Developers,
>designers, and managers may visit the site to learn about accessibility
>standards such as Section 508, how to create an accessible Macromedia
>Flash movie, or how to properly mark up a form in Macromedia
>Along with the improvements to Macromedia products, this information
>designers to create the most exciting, engaging, and accessible content
>the web.
>For more information on Macromedia Flash MX, Macromedia Flash Player,
>the accessibility features available in both, go to
>Macromedia is passionate about what the web can be. Its award-winning
>products empower designers and developers to efficiently create and
>deliver the most engaging experiences on the web, and enable innovative
>Internet business applications. Headquartered in San Francisco,
>has more than 1,400 employees worldwide and is available on the
>at http://www.macromedia.com/.
>Aaron Smith
>GW Micro
>Phone: 260/489-3671
>Fax: 260/489-2608
>WWW: http://www.gwmicro.com
>FTP: ftp://ftp.gwmicro.com
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Aaron Smith
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Technical Support & Web Development
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