Macromedia has unveiled an accessibility and e-learning solutions kit, which provides tools and resources for web developers to make content on their site accessible to people with disabilities.
Pat Brogan, vice-president for solutions at Macromedia, said both accessibility and e-learning are major concerns of the government, business and education customers.
"We wanted to provide them with a valuable resource to address these important issues," Brogan said.
The kit is available as a two-CD set that includes information on how to get started with Macromedia Flash and Dreamweaver. It comes with details on accessibility legislation and provides customers with tools to design an accessible website or retrofit their current site to meet accessibility guidelines, the company said.
In addition, the kit provides a comprehensive collection of e-learning guides, product extensions and tutorials that demonstrate the advantages of moving training content to the web.
The launch comes as US government agencies work to conform to Section 508, an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act that requires using the technology that accommodates the needs of disabled workers. Websites created by federal agencies must also be accessible to the disabled.
The resources from Macromedia include the Section 508/W3C Accessibility Suite, an online course on accessibility, rich media templates, tutorials and case studies.
Macromedia, along with industry giants IBM and Microsoft, have also been working with the standards body, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which has issued draft guidelines for designing browsers, multimedia players and other web-based user interfaces.
Tim Berners-Lee, W3C director, said the power of the web is in its universality. "Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect."
Information on the kit is available at www.Macromedia.com/go/solutionskit
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