Dreamweaver, UltraDev get a LIFT
UsableNet, the folks who develop usability and accessibility solutions, have a new version of LIFT, an add-on product for developing accessible and usable Web sites within Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 and Dreamweaver UltraDev 4.
LIFT is designed to let users perform four main functions: site evaluation, problem finding, problem inspection and problem fixing. The concept for UsableNet's products and online services are simple: take all Web usability rules established by a growing community of research, educational institutions and even individuals, and make them available in the form of a product or service. Usability rules are based on research about how people find, use, access and navigate Web sites.
All LIFT features become available as menu items within Dreamweaver 4 and Dreamweaver UltraDev 4 and can be purchased at the UsableNet Web site for US$249 and $349 respectively. According to company spokesperson Melissa Hall, those features include:
Macromedia and UsableNet reps say the LIFT products enable all users to access Web content and specifically addresses the issues raised by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Dreamweaver is Macromedia's Web page development tool. UltraDev is authoring software that allows developers, programmers and designers to visually create and edit data-driven Web applications on multiple server platforms.