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HiSoftware Celebrates 10 Millionth Page Test on its Cynthia Says Portal
Educational Web page testing tool helps identify errors to make Web content accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Concord, NH – February 15, 2006 – HiSoftware, a leading provider of software, services and managed operation solutions that monitor and optimize Web content, quality and regulatory compliance, today announced the 10 Millionth page test on the company’s Cynthia Says™ portal. The portal for the Education community is a joint outreach project of HiSoftware, the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI), and the Internet Society Disability and Special Needs Chapter, helping to make Web content accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Cynthia Says is named after Cynthia Wadell, JD, an internationally noted expert and pioneer of technology solutions for individuals with disabilities and Executive Director of the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (see http://www.hisoftware.com/co/cynthia waddell.htm ). “HiSoftware’s Cynthia Says provides an easy-to-use solution for organizations to educate themselves regarding accessibility issues on their Web sites,” states Wadell. “I’m truly honored to have over 10 million Web pages tested using the portal; ultimately bettering the quality of life for those requiring accessibility.”

The HiSoftware Cynthia Says portal educates users in the concepts behind Web site accessibility. It is a free educational tool designed to identify errors in Web content related to Section 508 standards and/or the WCAG guidelines for accessibility. The Cynthia Says portal allows users to test individual pages on their Web site and provides feedback in a reporting format that is clear and easy to understand. Accessibility issues are detected within Web sites from Web-based applications, dynamic pages, or static HTML pages. Users get an immediate “status” of their Web site accessibility.

The American Council of the Blind, President Christopher Gray said, “With over 10 million pages being tested on Cynthia Says the world is a better place today for people who are visually impaired. HiSoftware’s solution allows people with disabilities greater access to Web sites and on-line content across the globe.”

“Cynthia Says was developed to deliver a usable and universal accessibility solution that could be easily understood by developers and internet users as an education and outreach project, states HiSoftware founder and CTO Robert B. Yonaitis. “With over 10 million pages test, it is the most complete testing tool in the market through clarity and presentation, making it easy to use by anyone.”

For more information about the Cynthia Says portal visit www.cynthiasays.com  or www.hisoftware.com

About HiSoftware
Founded in 1998, HiSoftware is a leading provider of software, services, and On-Demand solutions that test, repair, monitor and enforce Web content, quality, and regulatory compliance. The company’s solutions empower content developers, Web site architects, and executives to work collaboratively to create and manage corporate Web standards for accessibility, privacy, security, search engine optimization (SEO), site quality and performance, branding, competitive intelligence, and application transaction testing (AppTest). HiSoftware’s customers boast many of the world’s largest public and private sites including US and international government agencies and Global 2000 companies such as ChevronTexaco, Oracle, Mercury Interactive, and Microsoft. For more information about HiSoftware visit www.hisoftware.com.

Founded in 1998, The International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI) is a non-profit center based in the United States and designated as a 501 (c)(3) entity.

Our overarching vision is the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities. As an internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities, ICDRI seeks to increase opportunities for people with disabilities by identifying barriers to participation in society and promoting best practices and universal design for the global community.

ICDRI’s mission includes the collection of a knowledge base of quality disability resources and best practices and to provide education, outreach and training based on these core resources. ICDRI makes this information available in an accessible format through their web site at http://www.icdri.org.

About American Council of the Blind
The American Council of the Blind is the nation's leading consumer based advocacy organization working on behalf of blind and visually impaired Americans and has more than 70 state and special-interest affiliates throughout the United States. The national office of the organization is located in Washington, D.C. For more information about the ACB, visit the web site at http://www.acb.org.

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