Web access kit simplifies tools for the disabled

Macromedia Inc. has changed its Web development kit for users with visual and mobility impairments.

Macromedia Studio MX 2004 contains upgraded versions of Dreamweaver, Flash and several other Macromedia tools to streamline Web site construction, said Bob Regan, a senior product manager at the San Francisco company.

Cascading style sheets help low-vision users by enlarging fonts or changing colors, Regan said. The click-and-drop interface of Dreamweaver MX 2004 lets developers incorporate the feature in pages with less manual coding than previous versions.

The Flash MX 2004 application uses scripts to prompt developers to insert tags for screen readers and keyboard mobility programs.

The Studio MX 2004 package includes Fireworks MX 2004 and FreeHand MX graphics tools. It runs on both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS 10.2.6 platforms.

Government pricing for Studio MX 2004 is $809 per seat for new purchases and $359 for upgrades from Studio MX.

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