Memo from Martin P Burns of PricewaterhouseCoopers -------------------- Start of message text -------------------- Followup - looks like a retraction to me... Cheers Martin ---------------------- Forwarded by Martin P Burns/UK/MCS/PwC on 24/06/2002 10:29 --------------------------- Subject: [RNIBCampaignforGoodWebDesign] RNIB Look Louder game: RNIB statement 21 June 2002, 15:30 hours RNIB 'Look Louder' game: RNIB statement 21 June 2002, 15:30 hours In response to recent enquiries, Julie Howell, the officer who leads RNIB's Campaign for Good Web design, has issued the following statement: RNIB congratulates Macromedia and GW Micro for working together to make the content of Flash files accessible to users of the Window-Eyes v4.2 screenreader. At the same time, RNIB encourages developers of web content creation software and developers of screenreader software to follow this example and work together to ensure that all web content can be accessed by blind people who rely on screenreader technology. RNIB understands that much work is already in progress in this area, and encourages all parties involved to continue this ground-breaking work. RNIB fully acknowledges the efforts that have been undertaken by software company Macromedia to develop their product Flash MX so that it is easier for web designers to create Flash files that are accessible to blind people who rely on screenreading technology to access the web. RNIB acknowledges that Macromedia has undertaken a significant amount of development work to ensure that web content created for the Flash rich media player is available to screenreading technology via Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA). RNIB acknowledges that Macromedia has worked closely with GW Micro, developers of the screenreader 'Window-Eyes', to enable version 4.2 of Window-Eyes to access the content of Flash files created with Flash MX. In an effort to support this work, RNIB worked with the online solutions company Bluewave, who donated their time for free to create an accessible Flash application using Flash MX. The result can be found at http://lookloud.bluewave.com The application 'Look Louder' is the first of its kind and has been carefully designed to integrate accessibility features to allow it to be read by the Winow-Eyes 4.2 screenreader. It is hoped that lessons learned from this exercise will be useful to web designers working with the Flash MX tool. As well as highlighting good practice, RNIB also undertakes campaigning, with the aim of encouraging software developers to develop their products so that people who are blind and partially sighted can enjoy full and equal access to web content. RNIB is very proud to uphold the 'Look Louder' game as a working demonstration of the results of the Macromedia/GW Micro collaboration and would encourage other developers to continue their efforts to create web content that is accessible to everyone. Julie Howell Campaigns Officer (Accessible Internet) Royal National Institute of the Blind Julie.Howell at rnib.org.uk Visit the campaign web site at http://www.rnib.org.uk/digital To unsubscribe from this list, send an email to: RNIBCampaignforGoodWebDesign-unsubscribe at yahoogroups.com --------------------- End of message text -------------------- This e-mail is sent by the above named in their individual, non-business capacity and is not on behalf of PricewaterhouseCoopers. PricewaterhouseCoopers may monitor outgoing and incoming e-mails and other telecommunications on its e-mail and telecommunications systems. _________________________________________________________________ The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from any computer.