Agassa Releases Natural Language Search Solution for Disabled Users of Federal Web Sites

Feb 25, 2003


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Agassa Net Technologies, Inc. has deployed a new, natural language search portal to multiple online federal government Web sites in response to the difficulties faced by people with disabilities accessing online government resources. Agassa is a provider of IT/Web accessibility solutions to government agencies. Visitors to the Information Technology Technical Assistance & Training Center's (ITTATC) Web site can use this new search tool, powered by iPhrase Technologies, Inc., a provider of self-service search and navigation software for mission critical applications. The new Accessible Technology Knowledgebase (ATKB) incorporates information contained in the following disability-focused Web sites: DisabilityInfo.gov (www.disabilityinfo.gov); Section508.gov (www.section508.gov); AssistiveTech.net (www.assistivetech.net); ITTATC.org (www.ittatc.org); and AccessIT (www.washington.edu/accessit). The new ATKB search solution provides the following benefits to the user: compliance with Section 508, the Access Board's Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards; enables the searching of all five federal Web sites and databases with one query; automatic ranking by relevance; permits the asking of questions in plain English language; provides guidance with helpful hints to improve the outcome; and returns answers to the immediate questions being asked and anticipates how best to refine your search even further, then provides possible next steps guiding the user to related resources, products and services. Partners in the ATKB project include Agassa Net Technologies, iPhrase Technologies, IDEAL Group, NCR Corporation, and ITTATC.

(http://www.agassa.com), (http://www.atkbcentral.org), (http://www.ideal-group.org), (http://www.iphrase.com), (http://www.ncr.com)