Dear list members,
Good news from GW-Micro who make their screen reader Window-Eyes accessible
to Macromedia Flash.
Hope also other AT Vendors will include support for Macromedia Flash soon.
Regards Peter Verhoeven
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>Subject: GW Micro Helps Make Macromedia Flash Content Accessible to
> People Who Are Blind
>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>March 4, 2002
>GW Micro Helps Make Macromedia Flash Content Accessible to People Who Are
>(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
>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
>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
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