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LAS VEGAS, NV
02 Mar 2005:
IBM today introduced a range of solutions and developers' tools that open up the Worldwide Web and other information technology to the aging workforce and people with disabilities at its annual PartnerWorld Conference.
This portfolio of accessibility technologies enables ISVs/developers to make web sites and IT systems accessible and, further underscores IBM's commitment to providing information technology that everyone can use.
Included at the PartnerWorld demonstration is IBM's innovative talking Web browser, the Home Page Reader version 3.04, an effective tool for developers to test Web pages for accessibility early in the prototype and design stage as well as after the content or application has been deployed.
The latest version of the software is designed to help businesses meet both growing regulatory requirements and the needs of employees and customers who are blind, visually impaired, or elderly, by allowing them to navigate increasingly complex Web sites. Additionally, Home Page Reader version 3.04 is available in eight languages: Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, English, Thai and Japanese.
"Empowering people with disabilities to access to the web and the other information technology must be a rising initiative for all companies and organizations," said Jay Leventhal of American Federation of the Blind. "Web developers need innovative and effective tools to better enable them to build sites which can be accessible to the aging workforce and people with disabilities, a population that cannot be ignored in today's world."
"IBM's accessibility solutions are designed not only to help companies and organizations meet government requirements for accessibility, but to move businesses beyond compliance. IBM envisions a true societal transformation where accessibility is not only good for individuals, but good for business and for society as a whole," said Frances West, director of IBM's Worldwide Accessibility Center.
IBM provides accessibility solutions to its clients and partners to meet growing government regulations around the world and to move beyond compliance. At PartnerWorld, IBM's Worldwide Accessibility Center will demonstrate its toolkit of solutions in Booth # 824:
For more information on IBM's accessibility information technology for employees, customers and Business Partners, see www.ibm.com/able/partnerships.
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