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  • Peter Verhoeven
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 4, 2002
      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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      >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@...
      >www.gwmicro.com
      >615/383-6248
      >
      >
      >--
      >Aaron Smith
      >GW Micro
      >Phone: 260/489-3671
      >Fax: 260/489-2608
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