Web accessibility seminar, Webcast this Thursday

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A seminar series on Web accessibility design from Macromedia will be held in San Francisco this Thursday, Sept. 6, from 1:30-4:30 (Pacific). But if you can't attend, the seminar will be broadcast live, and free, on the Web.

The seminar will offer info on Macromedia and UsableNet efforts and solutions for usability and accessibility. It's already been presented in four cities with over 300 companies attending at each location -- and there are still another three cities to go. (UsableNet is a source for Web usability technology, offering Web-based services and computer software to Web development professionals, and providing a gateway for the Web research community to improve the Web browsing experience.)

Why bother with the seminar? Federal legislation, Section 508 of the 1998 Rehabilitation Act, requires the Web sites of government and educational institutions to be accessible to users with disabilities. This requirement will soon filter down into the corporate world through companies supplying information to government agencies from their Web sites.

"If a company or institution wants to provide rich and engaging Web content that is accessible to all customers, including those with disabilities, this Web cast is for them," UsableNet spokesperson Melissa Hall said.

She added that seminar and Web cast participants would learn:

  • How new legislation, including Section 508 regulations will effect the way Web designers plan Web site construction;
  • What UsableNet and Macromedia have provided in the form of applications, tools and templates to help a Web designer develop accessible content;
  • How to use the new 508 Accessibility Suite for Dreamweaver 4 and UltraDev 4, developed by UsableNet;
  • Basic design guidelines and techniques that will help any site comply with Section 508.
  • For more information on Macromedia's accessibility resources go to the company's accessibility site.

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