Press Release - Worldspace™ - First Software Product to Fully Support New WCAG 2.0 Standard.
Checking sites with advanced web technologies is now made easier by the tool used to monitor top global internet brands.
Reston, VA, January 16, 2009
Deque (pronounced dee-cue) Systems Worldspace™ is the first product to offer full support for the new WCAG 2.0 standard. After five years of work, the W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) finalized a major improvement of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) on December 11, 2008. The rapid advances in Web technologies and developer feedback on WCAG 1.0 required a significant update to the standard for accessibility that is referenced in national policies in about 20 countries. Compliance with the WCAG standard is required not only by governmental organizations but also by responsible commercial companies the world over.
WCAG 2.0 is the result of painstaking work by hundreds of organizations that participated in the WAI Working Group to ensure that the advanced Web technologies were addressed and that all the guidelines were precisely testable. Deque is pleased to have contributed to this effort and began implementing automated testing of the WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria as they were being developed.
"Our customers are socially responsible companies with a commitment to provide all of their customers with equal access to their entire suite of web-based services. They often operate in multiple countries. Their websites use the latest technologies to offer rich application experiences. WCAG 2.0 is a big improvement for these organizations because of its recognition of the technologies that are rapidly gaining popularity and because of its focus on testability. Deque is committed to participating in the development process of major standards like WCAG so that it can quickly deliver the tools that enable customers to actually enjoy the benefits of advanced standards. The Section 508 refresh is also much anticipated and we will promptly update Worldspace™ to support that as well," said Ms. Preety Kumar, CEO of Deque Systems, Inc.
Deque's customers will begin receiving the new version of Worldspace™ in January 2009. A complementary service that will allow any organization to check its web pages for conformance to WCAG 2.0 will be available in March 2009 at Worldspace Free Analysis Software.
Deque Systems, Inc. headquartered in Reston, VA, is a leading technology provider of end to end, integrated Web compliance solutions that deliver accessibility, quality, privacy, and security. Deque's unmatched abilities have earned the trust of government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and small to midsized 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. For more information, visit Deque Systems Corporate Website.