Microsoft Announces Strategic Relationship To Offer HiSoftware’s New Web Site Accessibility Verification Tool For FrontPage

REDMOND, WASH. SEPT. 24, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today announced a strategic relationship with HiSoftware Inc., a leading supplier of Web site accessibility software, to provide HiSoftware’s AccVerifyTM SE Web accessibility tool for all users of the Microsoft® FrontPage®
Web site creation and management tool, effective immediately. This special edition of AccVerify allows users of FrontPage to pinpoint Web page accessibility obstacles and make changes to ensure their site’s conformance with the federal government’s Section 508 standards. Section 508 mandates that federal agencies make certain that all Web sites are accessible to people with disabilities. Users of FrontPage can download AccVerify SE without charge from http://www.hisoftware.com/msacc/ .

“AccVerify SE for FrontPage is a value-added solution that will promote the creation of accessible Web sites and enable government and businesses to easily address the Section 508 standards for Web accessibility,” said Mike Paciello, CTO and founder of WebABLE Inc. and a Microsoft Accessibility Advisor. “Better yet, because it is available at no cost to all users of FrontPage, it will help bring accessibility to webmasters who might not otherwise focus on it as an initial priority in their development efforts.”

“Microsoft shares our focus of making technology broadly accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities,” said Robert B. Yonaitis, CEO and president of HiSoftware. “By using AccVerify SE in conjunction with FrontPage, Web developers have the best tool set to ensure their Web site is fully accessible.”

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