Community leaders praise accessibility of both the desktop application and the content it creates

SYDNEY, Australia – May 30, 2002 - Macromedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MACR) announced unprecedented accessibility support in Macromedia Dreamweaver MX. Dreamweaver MX sets a new standard for accessibility in web development tools with unique and full support for accessibility reporting, active authoring modes for accessibility, and an accessible application environment. Dreamweaver MX enables developers to both design and code the full spectrum of solutions from websites to Internet applications, without compromising the market-leading product's approachability for building simple HTML sites. Dreamweaver MX is available for immediate purchase from the Macromedia Online Store at

The American Association of People with Disabilities, Knowbility, Inc., Lighthouse International, the National Center for Accessible Media, and the National Federation of the Blind have all praised Dreamweaver MX. Dreamweaver MX includes accessibility-specific site reporting, reference content, and tag editors. Within the application itself, there are also options to increase the font size, enable keyboard accessibility, and support screen readers.

Site reporting in Dreamweaver MX enables developers to create reports to ensure sites meet accessibility guidelines by pinpointing problems quickly and easily. Additional support through reference material is directly available within the product. Dreamweaver MX can also prompt developers during development and provide tag editors that highlight accessibility-related tag attributes to ensure code is compliant. The Section 508 Accessibility Suite, previously available as an extension to Dreamweaver, is now integrated within Dreamweaver MX.

Dreamweaver MX also provides increased support for developers who use assistive technology, such as screen readers, to improve the usability of their assistive technology software. Dreamweaver MX has been tested for support of both Freedom Scientific JAWS and GW Micro Window-Eyes screen reader software. The interface is keyboard-navigable, including shortcuts and panel manipulations. A new large fonts option makes panel and dialog fonts easier to read at higher resolutions.

"Macromedia has a corporate initiative to support accessibility across all of our tools so that rich Internet applications and content created with our software is accessible to people with disabilities," said Bob Regan, product manager, Macromedia. "We are glad that the accessibility support in Macromedia Dreamweaver MX has not only been embraced by the community, but that community leaders are supportive of our overall company initiative."

The Macromedia MX product family provides the best way to create and deploy rich Internet applications across leading platforms and devices. Dreamweaver MX combines ease and power in one integrated development environment for HTML, XHTML, ColdFusion, ASP, Microsoft ASP.NET, JSP, and PHP websites. Dreamweaver MX is an integral member of the new Macromedia MX product family, which also includes Macromedia Flash MX, Macromedia ColdFusion MX, Macromedia Fireworks MX, and Macromedia FreeHand 10. Accessibility leaders also praised the accessibility of Macromedia Flash MX, which began shipping in March, for its ability to deliver rich Internet applications and content that can be experienced by people with disabilities.


Macromedia ( empowers millions of designers and developers to create effective user experiences across the widest array of platforms and devices. Through an open, integrated family of client, tool, and server technologies, Macromedia is driving a new generation of rich Internet applications that will radically improve the Internet experience.


American Association of People with Disabilities

"It is great to see Macromedia continue its ongoing commitment to accessibility. Macromedia Studio MX, which includes Macromedia Flash MX and Dreamweaver MX, shows that accessibility is a concern in all aspects of their business. Products like Macromedia Studio MX help make it easier for designers to create accessible websites and will go far in making the web a more accessible place for people with disabilities, which ultimately makes it more accessible for everyone."

- Andrew J. Imparato, president and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities

Knowbility, Inc.

"These new products promise a more comprehensive approach to accessible authoring than anything we have previously seen from Macromedia. Knowbility applauds this effort in the evolution of the Macromedia MX suite of applications and looks forward to being part of the quality cycle for the benefit of our constituents."

- Sharron Rush, executive director, Knowbility, Inc.

Lighthouse International

"With the release of Dreamweaver MX, Macromedia continues to level the playing field for people who have visual impairments by releasing a product that everyone -- people with visual impairments as well as those with normal sight -- can use to author and maintain web applications."

- Patrick Benson, chief information officer, Lighthouse International

National Center for Accessible Media

"I want to commend Macromedia for their strong commitment to accessibility. Macromedia MX demonstrates the next evolution of that commitment. Dreamweaver MX offers a powerful set of features that helps designers and developers to significantly enhance the accessibility of their designs. In addition, I am happy to see that serious attention has been dedicated to improving the accessibility of the Dreamweaver authoring environment. With MX, Macromedia has made a significant step forward."

- Larry Goldberg, director, National Center for Accessible Media

National Federation of the Blind

"The National Federation of the Blind is pleased that nonvisual access was actively made a part of the Dreamweaver software authoring component. We are also encouraged about the accessibility settings, which will encourage developers to make their work accessible to everyone--including the blind."

- Curtis Chong, director of technology, National Federation of the Blind

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