---- Microsoft Releases Tools to Boost Web Accessibility
engine - 12:47 pm on Jan 18, 2008 (gmt 0)
Microsoft Corp. today committed to contribute its UI Automation specification to the Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA), a new engineering working group dedicated to making it easier for developers to create software, hardware and Web-based products that are accessible to people with disabilities. The UI Automation specification describes Microsoft's latest accessibility framework technology, and will help developers include advanced accessibility functionality into implementations designed for use on any operating system.
"We want to do all we can to help advance the development of assistive technologies across all platforms and help a wider number of users access technology in their daily lives," said Norm Hodne, Microsoft Windows Accessibility lead. "By making Microsoft UI Automation freely available we hope to increase the accessibility of many information and communication technologies and to drive cross-platform interoperability. We welcome the opportunity to work with other AIA members to extend the innovations we have built into UI Automation."