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From: Dana Louise Simberkoff <danalouise@hisoftware.com>
Date: Tue, 6 May 2003 14:39:17 -0400
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Hello All-

Forwarded Press Release

http://www.hisoftware.com/press/hmmc2.html

Full Text of Release:

Hi-Caption 2.0 Provides Advanced Captioning Options and Enables Enterprise
Collaboration for Multimedia Teams
New release of Hi-Caption provides native support for Windows Media Player
and RealNetworks RealPlayer

Concord, NH May 6, 2003 - HiSoftware, Inc. today announced the release of
Hi-Caption version 2.0 which will provide accessibility testers and
multimedia content creators worldwide with a comprehensive solution for
managing the captioning for their multimedia projects; in complete
conformance with standards mandated by Section 508 of the federal
government's Rehabilitation Act, as well as the international accessibility
guidelines set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The latest
release of Hi-Caption enables multimedia developers to work collaboratively
with team members on advanced captioning through project mode support. It
also allows adds native support for RealPlayer presentations to its previous
support for Windows Media presentations and enables captioning of files
accessed from the Internet in addition to the local file system. Project
support now allows for completion of extensive captioning projects over
several sessions.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments mandates that federal
agencies ensure that all electronic and information technologies purchased,
maintained or developed meet the accessibility standards established by the
U.S. Access Board. Although federally mandated, state governments and
private organizations can also benefit by adhering to these standards, which
enable access and usability by the widest possible audience.

In order for multimedia to be accessible under Section 508 Rule (b) and W3C
WCAG 1.0 Priority 1 checkpoint 1.4, developers must create synchronized
captioning for their multimedia files. Hi-Caption allows for fast efficient
creation, editing, and testing of the captioning of Multimedia. The
captioning file is stored in a SAMI file or a SMIL file. These files are
very similar to HTML, but are different languages. Just as you would rather
use a web editor to create web files, this program allows you to easily
create the formatted captioning files without having to learn the code
behind them. The software also supports captioning multimedia files in
multiple languages so that they audience may select and view captioning in
the language of their choice.

Hi-Caption 2.0 provides users with the ability to create, test and mange
captioning for their Windows Media, RealPlayer and QuickTime productions.
Features include but are not limited to the following:


Load & edit existing SAMI/SMIL files

View videos & captions within the program allowing you to easily create and
test your captioning

Add multiple languages for your file at once

Support for WCAG 1.0 Priority 1-3, Full Section 508, CLF, and any derived
from WCAG

Available in Multiple Languages

NEW-Native support for RealPlayer

NEW-Ability to caption files directly from the Internet

NEW-Ability to automatically create transcript from captioned files

NEW-Ability to work on captioning files in collaboration with team members

NEW-Captioning Project Support

Hi-Caption will assist multimedia developers in creating presentations that
will be fully available to end-users regardless of technical or physical
abilities, according to Robert B. Yonaitis, CEO and President of HiSoftware
Company. As more and more developers understand the importance of
accessible Web design, they will realize that it is within their grasp. The
latest version of Hi-Caption increases the ease with which multimedia teams
can quickly and efficiently work alone or in collaboration to provide full
captioning for their Web projects. We believe that their efforts will
significantly improve the quality of the web for all."

More information about Hi-Caption is available from the HiSoftware Web Site
at: http://www.hisoftware.com/hmcc/index.html

HiSoftwares verification, repair and monitoring software solutions assist
organizations in achieving and maintaining Web sites in compliance with
organizational standards for accessibility, privacy, searchability,
usability and custom quality factors. These solutions, available as client
and automated server-based applications, help organizations develop
long-term strategies to achieve Web content accessibility and quality. They
allow multiple users to work collaboratively on Web site content
testing-resulting in reductions in time and resources. HiSoftwares
solutions help organizations develop long-term strategies to achieve Web
content accessibility, enhance usability, and comply with U.S. and
international accessibility standards.

ABOUT HISOFTWARE
HiSoftware Company, the leader in enterprise content quality management
solutions, provides innovative products that empower quality assurance
teams, content developers, Web site architects, and company executives to
work collaboratively on their efforts to create and manage corporate Web
standards for Accessibility, Privacy, Searchability, Usability and custom
guidelines and policies. HiSoftwares integrated, full lifecycle solutions
dramatically reduce the time required to test, manage and deploy e-business
Web sites.

HiSoftware works closely with industry leaders and visionaries to provide
solutions for today's information accessibility, content quality, search and
retrieval needs. HiSoftwares customers represent Fortune 500 companies, and
many of the largest e-commerce, government, and educational sites in North
America and around the world and include ChevronTexaco, Commerce One,
Mercury Interactive, and Microsoft Government.

Founded in 1998, HiSoftware Company maintains North American corporate
headquarters in Concord, New Hampshire. Further information about HiSoftware
can be found online at www.hisoftware.com


Best Regards,

Dana Louise Simberkoff
HiSoftware Company
www.hisoftware.com
Received on Tuesday, 6 May 2003 14:39:52 GMT

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