Navy and VA buy Web site accessibility software

Navy and VA buy Web site accessibility software

The Navy has signed a three-year, $3 million blanket purchasing agreement for Defense Department users to obtain Web site accessibility software from Hiawatha Island Software Co. Inc. of Concord, N.H.

The Veterans Affairs Department also added the Hiawatha Island products to its Procurement of Computer Hardware and Software, a five-year governmentwide acquisition contract held by MicronPC Inc. of Meridian, Idaho.

The Navy agreement, part of the Defense Department's Enterprise Software Initiative, is with DLT Solutions Inc. of Herndon, Va., under a General Services Administration contract.

Both agreements discount the software 17 percent to 25 percent.

The three client-server components, AccVerify, AccMonitor and AccRepair, measure accessibility under Section 508 of the 1998 Disability Act Amendments and World Wide Web Consortium standards. The software runs under Microsoft Windows 9x, Millennium Edition, NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 and can be integrated with Microsoft FrontPage site authoring software.

Hiawatha Island Software this week released updated 2.0 versions of AccVerify, AccMonitor and AccRepair that let administrators track accessibility updates and go directly to inaccessible multimedia graphics.

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