HiSoftware Gives the Cynthia Says Web Accessibility Testing Tool a Makeover

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Built on the HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff platform, the new portal features Section 508 and WCAG 2 A-AAA testing capabilities, improved reporting and faster results.

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Cynthia Says is a free web accessibility testing tool to help users identify accessibility errors in their Web content

We are committed to maintaining the free Cynthia Says portal as a community resource to help support the goal of equal access to Web content.

In conjunction with Global Accessibility Awareness Day (@gbla11yday), HiSoftware, a leading provider of compliance and security solutions, announced today the re-launch of the Cynthia Says™ Portal, a free Web accessibility testing tool for validating Web content against US and international accessibility standards. In additional to a new user interface, the new Cynthia Says portal leverages the HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff® platform to provide both Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 A-AAA testing capabilities, improved reporting that pinpoints the location of accessibility issues and delivers faster report results.

“Over the years Cynthia Says has tested millions of Web pages for accessibility compliance. The tool serves as an important resource for the general Web community. It provides content developers and managers with a means of benchmarking where their content stands in terms of accessibility and what steps they need to take to remediate content,” said Kurt Mueffelmann, HiSoftware, president and CEO. “While we provide commercial solutions to address and manage accessibility, we are committed to maintaining the free Cynthia Says portal as a community resource to help support the goal of equal access to Web content.”

Named after the late Cynthia Wadell, an internationally noted expert and pioneer of technology solutions for individuals with disabilities, the Cynthia Says Portal educates users in the concepts of accessible Web design and content. Cynthia Says utilizes HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff as the underlying technology to help users identify errors in their Web content related to Section 508 standards and/or the WCAG 2.0 guidelines for Web accessibility. It allows users to test individual pages on their website against the selected standard, and provides feedback on issues found in a reporting format that is clear and easy to understand. The reports pinpoint the specific issues in the code so that Web developers can make the necessary fixes to ensure accessibility.

HiSoftware also offers commercial compliance and security solutions to mitigate risk by actively monitoring content to give organizations the power to easily and more effectively enforce regulatory and corporate guidelines, including Web accessibility, on public-facing websites, intranets, extranets and SharePoint sites. For more information, visit: http://www.hisoftware.com/products/hisoftware-compliance-sheriff/product-overview.aspx.

Additionally in honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, HiSoftware has prepared a special 30 minute on demand Webinar on “Testing for Accessibility – What You Need to Know for a Successful Testing Effort.” Jeff Singleton, a veteran accessibility tester, will provide an overview of what is involved in testing for accessibility. He will explain the pitfalls of relying solely on automated testing tools or strictly on disabled and real world testers for accessibility evaluations. Learn more or view the Webinar at http://www.hisoftware.com/company/webinars-seminars/On_Demand_Webinar_Testing_for_Accessibility.aspx.

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HiSoftware is a leading provider of content-aware compliance and security solutions for the monitoring and enforcement of risk management and privacy guidelines across digital environments. The company’s solutions provide a data governance platform for content management and collaboration processes that support corporate and brand integrity, site quality, accessibility and confidentiality for public websites and portals, as well as intranets and SharePoint sites. HiSoftware’s customers include some of the largest US and international government agencies, as well as Global 2000 companies. For more information, visit http://www.hisoftware.com or follow us on Twitter @HiSoftware.

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