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RE: EduServ Grant Funds Purchase of LIFT for all 750 UK Universities and Colleges

From: Larry G. Hull <Larry.G.Hull@nasa.gov>
Date: Fri, 9 May 2003 08:30:32 -0400
Message-Id: <p05100302bae14f48653d@[]>
To: "Harry Woodrow" <harrry@email.com>
Cc: "'Zoey Chanin'" <zoey@usablenet.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>


I don't see anything here or at the site that implies W3C endorsement.

More specifically, from the site,

"What is W3C/WCAG Accessibility Suite

W3C/WCAG Accessibility Suite is an extension for Dreamweaver MX to 
test websites and to make them accessible according to accessibility 
guidelines specified by W3C (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 
1.0, priority 1 and priority 2)."


At 6:27 AM +0800 5/9/03, Harry Woodrow wrote:
>I found this on the below site. Has the W3C and endorsed this use of 
>their name?
>Harry Woodrow
>User Manual of
>W3C/WCAG Accessibility Suite
>version 1.0.1
>An extension for Dreamweaver MX
>UsableNet Inc.
>October 25, 2002
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Zoey Chanin [mailto:zoey@usablenet.com]
>Sent: Friday, 9 May 2003 2:42 AM
>To: announcements@usablenet.com
>Subject: EduServ Grant Funds Purchase of LIFT for all 750 UK 
>Universities and Colleges
>EduServ Grant Funds Purchase of LIFT for all 750 UK Universities and Colleges
>Grant aims to make complying with SENDA web accessibility easy for 
>the entire educational community
>Bath, England, May 1st 2003 - UsableNet announces that it has won a 
>tender under a new EduServ grant that will fund the purchase of a 
>site wide license of LIFT for every Higher Education and Further 
>Education institution in the UK. The grant will benefit all 750 
>institutions and supply each with award winning web accessibility 
>testing and fixing solutions covering up to 8000 of costs per 
>institution. In addition a new CHEST contract has been negotiated 
>with significant pricing discounts to facilitate the purchase of 
>additional UsableNet LIFT products along with training and extended 
>services in conjunction with the EduServ grant.  An easy to use 
>calculator is available at 
>http://www.chest.ac.uk/software/lift/lift_calculator.xls that allows 
>Institutions to see how much the grant will cover and how much 
>additional site licenses will cost when purchased through CHEST.
>The EduServ grant will be in place from May 1st 2003 and cover the 
>purchase and support of one site-wide license of any one of the LIFT 
>applications (LIFT for Dreamweaver, LIFT for FrontPage or LIFT 
>Online) until April 30th 2005 (support will continue until 31st July 
>2005). The new CHEST contract that runs along side the EduServ grant 
>will facilitate the purchase of additional site wide licenses if 
>Institutions require more than one of the LIFT applications. 
>Institutions can request a demo of the three product options to 
>inform their decision about which product they want to select as 
>part of the grant at: 
>EduServ has a fundamental role in the allocation of any surpluses 
>made by its subsidiaries such as CHEST, the negotiating division, to 
>the education community. EduServ has looked at ways in which to 
>spend this money in the form of a number of grants that will benefit 
>the largest number of people.  It has identified assistive 
>technology, to help institutions to comply with SENDA (Special 
>Educational and Needs Disabilities Act), as a field appropriate for 
>a grant.  LIFT has been chosen as a suitable product for it's 
>sophistication in helping web designers create fully compliant 
>websites and because it is the mostly widely used product of its 
>kind amongst education institutions in the UK.  This grant 
>reconfirms the reputation of LIFT as the leading accessibility tool 
>in the US and Europe amongst education and government institutions. 
>With the help of UsableNet, CHEST and EduServ have put forth a 
>considerable effort to make accessibility compliance a painless 
>process for HE and FEs, demonstrating significant progress amongst 
>the Education community in the European Year of the Disabled.
>CHEST will be facilitating the delivery of the site wide licenses 
>and media.  To order the EduServ free site wide of LIFT, 
>institutions simply need to go to the main website 
>or contact the help desk at 
><mailto:helpdesk@chest.ac.uk>helpdesk@chest.ac.uk. CHEST has made 
>ordering and fulfillment a very easy process: institutions fill out 
>the commitment form and two copies of the license form, available 
>from the above website, and indicate which LIFT product they would 
>like a site license for.:
>LIFT for Dreamweaver - 
>LIFT for FrontPage - 
>LIFT online - 
>Below you will find more information about the products available 
>through the grant:
>LIFT for Dreamweaver and UltraDev, is testing and fixing tool for 
>Web Designers and Developers concerned with creating SENDA-compliant 
>web sites.  It allows users to test for accessibility and usability 
>issues directly from within the Dreamweaver environment while 
>building new pages or retrofitting existing content. Most 
>importantly, it not only pinpoints problems, it helps fix them.
>LIFT for FrontPage offers the very same features found in the 
>current LIFT for Macromedia Dreamweaver, but works in the Microsoft 
>FrontPage environment. As customary in UsableNet's suite of 
>productivity software tools, LIFT is a tightly integrated add-in to 
>FrontPage that allows Web developers to eliminate the lengthy 
>retrofitting process and create usable and accessible content as 
>they go, without having to learn a new software environment.
>LIFT Online is an online testing tool that allows webmasters and IT 
>coordinators to easily monitor and maintain usable and accessible 
>websites, allowing them to customize and establish their own 
>guidelines.  The tests can be run automatically to run on a 
>scheduled basis on an unlimited number of website.  The service can 
>be used to coordinate the retrofitting and reporting process for 
>someone responsible for multiple websites and websites with multiple 
>contributors and is a great companion tool for LIFT for Dreamweaver 
>or LIFT for FrontPage.
>About UsableNet
>Headquartered in New York City, UsableNet (http://www.usablenet.com) 
>develops Web productivity solutions that target Web designers, Web 
>developers, Web masters, and IT professionals in the Corporate, 
>Government, Education, and Graphic Arts markets. Available in the 
>form of software applications and online services, UsableNet 
>products enable users to reduce website development and maintenance 
>time, improve the Web experience for site visitors, and standardize 
>Intranet and Internet content across development teams by helping 
>them to incorporate usability and accessibility principles.
>Press Contacts:
>UsableNet and LIFT: Zoey Chanin, <mailto:zoey@usablebet.com>zoey@usablebet.com
>EduServ (CHEST) - Nikki Green, 
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