Intercon Announces an E-Form Solution : Accessible FormNetâ„¢

September 2002

Rochester, New York - Today, Intercon, an 18 year electronic Document Solutions Provider, announced a new electronic form solution called "Accessible FormNet™". The new product was developed using critical input from Federal Government users of electronic forms to create a solution that meets today’s electronic government initiatives and conforms to recent 508 legislation.

Intercon announces an E-Form Solution for today’s e-government that is 508 Accessible and XML enabled. U.S. Government, General Services Administration is the First to Introduce "Accessible FormNet™" with the purchase of 60,000 licenses.

Intercon, with the assistance of various Agencies, was instrumental in organizing a Federal employee review team representing Agencies that were users of different electronic form solutions. Most importantly, the employees were from diverse backgrounds and included employees that were impacted by the 508 legislation and were involved in XML initiatives. Intercon worked with this team to gather critical input to the overall design and testing of Accessible FormNet. The Accessible FormNet product is currently available from Intercon’s GSA Schedule, GS-35-0076J. Product information is available from Intercon’s web site, www.interconweb.com.

Mr John C. Paroda, President of Intercon said, "Many e-form solutions are old with new wrapping paper. We felt a fresh approach was needed especially for the 508 accessibility law, hence, the creation of the Federal Employee Team. Several members of the review team were visually impaired federal employees, who pointed out the importance of having one form for all users, whether visually impaired or not. Therefore, when the software detects a screen reader in use, it automatically decides how it is going to interact with the user. They insisted that there should be no requirements to use a particular screen reader or any need for special scripts, but that we should be compatible with any and all users."

"We currently have over 18,000 Federal Employees and Public using the Accessible FormNet software representing many Agencies and the Department of Defense. The accolades we have been getting should really go to the Federal employee review team. Their input to this fresh approach enabled Intercon to engage into a successful "Industry Partner" relationship that Government has been trying to encourage for some time now."

A General Services Administration Manager, says "What I appreciate about the solution are the easy and well-designed form preparation tools that allow me to make our existing forms, in any paper or electronic format, available and accessible on the web for other agencies and the public within a few hours. Since our Standard and Optional forms originate in various federal agencies with many varied design tools, this provides the flexibility we need. I'm very pleased with the convenience features the new XML enhancements will offer our end users, allowing them to capture repetitive keystrokes and use XML data to "auto-populate" their forms. Feedback from the visually impaired community about the screen reader capabilities of the solution has been extremely positive."

Another Agency Official said, "Intercon took an idea and delivered a viable product beyond expectations. I’ve personally witnessed a GSA employee unable to perform many aspects of his job after becoming visually impaired. I also witnessed the same GSA employee being able to continue to do his job without assistance, after he was given access to this new system. It opens an entire new world to Federal employees and most important the public. We now have an electronic forms and document application that is accessible to everyone.

Contact:
Joe Ingrato
Vice President
Phone: (585)-244-1250 Ext. 133
Email: JIngrato@interconweb.com