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    Macromedia Accessibility

    I will be interviewing the Accessibility Product Manager at Macromedia in the near future regarding their whole product range (Flash, Director, Dreamweaver etc.).

    Any questions anyone wants asking?

    Cheers,

    Nigel

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    off the top of my head, here's one that would interest me:
    a lot of work seems to be going into ensuring applications such as Flash, Dreamweaver and Director produce accessible content (and some cynics may argue this is due mainly to the strict section508 requirements in the U.S., and macromedia not wanting to miss out on the government market)...but how much emphasis is placed on making these applications /authoring-environments themselves accessible ?
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    That's one I already asked when I spoke to him, and I'll make sure it's in the interview. The answer is basically:

    There's a lot of work that needs doing to get Macromedia products and their output up to good Accessibility levels. They're working on the output of the products first and then moving on to the Accessibility of the products themselves once that's done. They're not expecting it to be done tommorrow but it's in the plan.

    Thanks,

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    ok, another one then (this one maybe a bit "lame"):

    are there any plans for the release of a macromedia application to author SMIL, SVG and similar formats and what are macromedia's views on these formats.
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    Ask when they are going to have a solution for the FLASH tabbing issue*. I notice they're newly launched site also has thi sproblem, so I gues it isnt resolved yet.


    * when tabbing through links on a HTML page, if you tab into a flash element you get stuck, ie u cant tab back out and carry on with the HTML links.

    This is causing us massive issues at the moment.
    hhmm..Times New Roman, Scrolly Java Applets, Frontpage


    ...this is not looking good.

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    I avoid Flash, just a question for those who do, can you make Accessible web sites in Flash now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadeInSheffield
    I will be interviewing the Accessibility Product Manager at Macromedia in the near future regarding their whole product range (Flash, Director, Dreamweaver etc.).

    Any questions anyone wants asking?
    If you haven't already interviewed him, my suggestion is "where were you when macromedia redesigned their site?"...

    There's a stake through the heart of accessability if ever I saw one...
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    Re: SVG and Macromedia Flash MX

    It is already possible to integrate these two technologies and there are tutorials on DEVNET, the Macromedia Flash Development Center site, which provide the details.

    http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/mx/flash/

    Here is a selection of some of the topics :

    SVG Definitions of Vector Graphics
    http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/mx/flash/articles/parse_svg_2.0.html

    Getting the SVG Path Information into Macromedia Flash
    http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/mx/flash/articles/parse_svg_3.0.html

    Displaying or Saving the Object Returned to Macromedia Flash
    http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/mx/flash/articles/parse_svg_6.0.html

    The site also provides downloadable source code which can be used in conjunction with the tutorial, e.g. parse_svg.zip, parse_svg.sit, etc.

    It is worth exploring in depth ...

    J.M. Nicholls
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    Thanks for the suggestions, I'm putting the interview together now so it should be live on SitePoint in the near future.

    Regarding Accessibility of Macromedia.com have you seen this?
    http://www.macromedia.com/help/accessibility.html

    Cheers,
    Nigel

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    Regarding Accessibility of Macromedia.com have you seen this?
    http://www.macromedia.com/help/accessibility.html

    Yes, I had seen this section of the site before.

    When you do your interview it might be interesting to find out if MacroMedia have realised that their new version of ActionScript which is ECMA-262 compliant has created a new market for Flash MX in the corporate development environment.

    In some of the corporate Java-based development projects I am working on, Flash MX is being considered as a compatible software development tool (especially for GUI design and database front-ends) because of its new object-oriented source code syntax is similar to that of Java and it is possible to move objects and code at source level.

    I hope that Macromedia extend their support of standards to producing a range of high-quality development tools which will support interactive SVG and Flash .SWF design. IMHO proprietary formats are not always the best solution to every design problem.

    One thing that Macromedia will need to address a.s.a.p. is better integration of Flash with the Javascript in all standards-compliant browsers on ALL platforms, including Apple.

    J.M. Nicholls
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    Last edited by jmn; Apr 2, 2003 at 02:56.


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