In a different type of 30-Second Interview, we'd like to introduce you to the Platinum Sponsor of the 2012 John Slatin AccessU, Deque Systems. Deque not only boasts a long-time commitment to accessibility and a great love for Knowbility, but the company's dynamic team includes some great accessibility experts and evangelists with deep ties to our organization: Paul Adam, Glenda Sims, and Karl Groves- just to name a few!
Tell us a little bit about Deque Systems, and how the company got its start.
Deque Systems is a web and software accessibility company that works with major government agencies, educational institutions, small and mid-size businesses, and Fortune 500 companies to eliminate the risk associated with their customer-facing digital properties being inaccessible to handicapped users.
We were founded in 1999, and our first accessibility tool was a product called RAMP for testing static sites back in the days of HTML3. The company has grown very rapidly in the 10 years since RAMP was introduced, and the product has since been replaced with FireEyes and Worldspace Sync which were developed to address the challenges of the jungle of modern, dynamic web content.
When did you first get connected with Knowbility?
Years ago! Sometime in 2007.
Why do you love Knowbility?
We love Knowbility's mission and commitment to its mission. Deque share's Knowbility's dedication to making technology accessible and helping the disabled to live with the level of independence enjoyed by able-bodied users. Knowbility also does an excellent job training people and educating them about accessibility.
You're coming back to AccessU as our top sponsor for the second year in a row - why did you decide to support the John Slatin AccessU again this year?
We see no reason to stop now! AccessU is exactly the kind of event we want to encourage and support. And I know our employees who will be in attendance are excited about a number of programs at this year's event, including offerings on mobile accessibility, rich internet applications, and the fully accessible evening at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar.
We are so grateful to Deque CEO Preety Kumar and the rest of the Deque leadership team for their ongoing support of Knowbility and our programs. Visit their website at www.deque.com, follow them on Twitter (@dequesystems), and check out all the presentations by the Deque team at AccessU next week:
- Accessible Web Forms with jQuery Validation (Paul Adam)
- Dreamweaver Accessibility (Glenda Sims)
- Evaluating Web Accessibility (Karl Groves)
- Managing Accessibility Compliance (Karl Groves)
- Open Source Accessibility with WordPress and Drupal (Paul Adam)
- Practical Accessibility Testing (Glenda Sims)
- Writing in Plain Language (Glenda Sims)