Fwd: Good news from Macromedia/Flash

From: David Andrews (dandrews@visi.com)
Date: Sat Oct 27 2007 - 01:28:41 PDT

>Macromedia also announced plans for a Macromedia Flash Accessibility
>Developer Kit and future enhancements to the Macromedia Flash Player,
>expected by the end of the year. The Macromedia Flash Accessibility
>Developer Kit will contain guidelines, Smart Clips, and sample code to
>support development efforts. An upcoming version of the Macromedia Flash
>Player will be modified to allow access to underlying data within a
>Macromedia Flash (SWF) file, permitting the text within to be
>by assistive devices. Further, developers can choose to expose their
>Macromedia Flash content, making properties such as scale and visibility
>controllable by end users.
>As part of its accessibility initiative, Macromedia will deliver
>that assist developers with accessible design. Two new commands for
>Fireworks confirm that ALT Tags (which describe the information
>in images) are being used, and that complex sliced image maps are
>tagged for readers with disabilities and reading software.
>Larry Goldberg, Director
>Media Access
>WGBH Educational Foundation
>125 Western Ave.
>Boston, MA 02134
>617-300-3722 (voice/fax)
>617-300-3400 (main NCAM line)
>617-300-2489 (TTY)

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