Published 2012-07-11 (Rev. 2013-06-03) -- Amaze provides faster and easier process to make websites accessible to web users who are disabled.
Author: Deque Systems, Inc.
Quote: "Amaze software platform provides sites with an Accessibility Overlay: a layer of accessible user interface elements that replaces any inaccessible parts of a web page."
Definition: Defining the Meaning of Web AccessibilityWeb Accessibility
- Refers to the inclusive practice of making websites usable by people of all abilities and disabilities. When sites are correctly designed, developed and edited, all users can have equal access to information and functionality.
Deque Systems Announces Breakthrough Approach to Web Accessibility - Deque Systems announced today a completely new and revolutionary software platform called Amaze that expands the ways that web sites and mobile applications can be made accessible to all users.
"The launch of Amaze provides companies with a faster and easier process to make their digital content available to web users who are disabled," said Preety Kumar, CEO of Deque Systems. "Amaze not only makes a company's own site accessible easily and rapidly, but if organizations utilize third-party sites and services for activities like social media, benefits, or even maps, Amaze can also make those resources accessible as well."
A New Paradigm for Web Accessibility
Amaze represents the next generation of accessibility software. Using a patent-pending approach, the Amaze software platform provides sites with an Accessibility Overlay: a layer of accessible user interface elements that replaces any inaccessible parts of a web page. For example, a site might have a customer service form with a mislabeled "submit" button that makes it invisible to a customer who is blind and using a screen reader. The traditional approach to correcting this bug would be to go back to the source code, reprogram the form, and then perform testing to confirm that the bug has been fixed. If the web site is not scheduled to be revised within the immediate future, the bug will remain a barrier to users for a lengthy period of time and potentially place the organization out of compliance with accessibility guidelines. With Amaze, an Accessibility Overlay can be created that fixes the bug immediately, without having to reprogram a single line of source code, resulting in a solution that is rapid and cost-effective to deploy. The Amaze Accessibility Overlay can then be used as a guide to update the site's source code when it comes time to revise the site.
Amaze can also be used to make third-party web sites accessible, a feature that is truly revolutionary. Organizations today typically operate their own web site while also relying on a range of third-party web resources and services to engage customers and employees; a Facebook page, for example, or a customer service portal or embedded maps. Companies might be successful in making their own web site accessible, but, until now, there has not been any means of making other web resources they use accessible for everyone. Amaze Accessibility Overlays can be created and applied to any third party site that a company wishes to make accessible through an easy-to-install end-user plug in.
The Amaze Accessibility Overlays provide a rapid, cost-effective solution for making web resources accessible, and Amaze Accessibility Overlays are secure and do not affect a site's performance in any way.
Deque Amaze Availability
Deque's Amaze technology is available today and is currently in use by a number of customers. More information is available at www.deque.com/amaze
About Deque Systems - Deque Systems, Inc., headquartered in Herndon, VA, is a leading technology provider of end to end, integrated web accessibility solutions. Deque's unmatched abilities have earned the trust of government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and small to mid-sized businesses seeking to optimize their web-based systems and empower employees to work collaboratively. Deque is an SBA 8(a) and SDB Certified woman owned business that values diversity.