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Vendors Add Support

Little by little, Web and Java tools vendors are adding accessibility support to their products, but, as Brewer laments, they're not doing so fast enough. In some cases, the tools even undermine accessibility.

For instance, says Brewer, it is still common for authoring tools to add unnecessary code to HTML pages, making them illegible to assistive technologies. But she is hopeful that as the software industry recognizes both the user need, and the legal requirements, for accessibility, that will change.

"We see the greatest promise in this area because if authoring tools provided the great majority of accessibility support automatically, developers wouldn't have to walk through checklists of guidelines, and accessible Web sites, and applications would become the norm."

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