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February 14, 2006
Acessibility Info on ColdFusion MX 7
We spent a good deal of time working with our internal Accessibility folks to make sure that applications created with ColdFusion MX 7, the ColdFusion MX 7 Administrator, online documents and reports created with ColdFusion MX 7 are 508 compliant.

Some resources where you can find more information, including the actual 508 VPAT filed for ColdFusion MX 7 can be found at the links below.

The ColdFusion MX 7 508 VPAT: http://www.macromedia.com/macromedia/accessibility/tools/vpat/coldfusion.html

The ColdFusion MX 7 Accessibility Mini-Site: >http://www.macromedia.com/macromedia/accessibility/features/coldfusion/

Accessibility and ColdFusion Overview: Accessibility and ColdFusion MX 7 Overview

Accessible Rich Forms with ColdFusion MX 7: http://www.macromedia.com/macromedia/accessibility/features/coldfusion/richforms.html

Accessible Documents with ColdFusion MX 7: http://www.macromedia.com/macromedia/accessibility/features/coldfusion/docs.html

Creating Accessible Web Applications with CFMX 7: http://www.macromedia.com/macromedia/accessibility/features/coldfusion/fp_frameset.html

HTH

Damon

February 1, 2006
Flex 2 and CF Connectivity Beta 1 Now Available!
Flex 2.0 and the CF Connectivity Beta 1 have been released on the Adobe labs site (WooHoo!) The press release hit the wire just after midnight last night and spells out some additional details about Flex 2 as well.

A huge round of applause to everyone who worked so hard to get this release out the door! On the CF team, specifically, a big thank-you to Tim Buntel, Kristen Schofield, Mike Nimer, Tom Jordahl, Dean Harmon, Bob Powell, Bill Sahlas, Farah Gron, Dave Gruber and Ben Forta for making the CF Connectivity Beta 1 come together.

With this update, developers have access to ColdFusion components from applications built with Flex. A new version of Flash Remoting allows CFC functions to be called from a Flex application to provide simple access to all of the back-end services available from ColdFusion—database access, web services, POP/SMTP, file systems and more. It also adds a new ColdFusion Event Gateway type that you can use within a Flex application to specify a ColdFusion event gateway as a destination for messages; similarly, your ColdFusion application can use an Event Gateway to send events to a Flex application. ColdFusion simply provides the easiest way to create a publish/subscribe messaging system with Flex.

But there's more to come! The CF team still has more Flex 2-related goodness in the works to make sure CF customers make a successful transition to RIA development with Flex 2 and have all the tools, power and technology required to be successful building Flex 2 + CF RIA's super easily and super quickly. (That's what the CF team does best after all, so stay tuned for more info!)

I believe there's truly no quicker or easier way to create Rich Internet Applications than the combination of Flex Builder 2.0 and ColdFusion, and I'm pleased to be be a part of helping make sure CF customers are once again on the leading edge of web development technology. CF customers using Flex 2 technology will undoubtedly play a key role in defining and making the next generation of the Web happen.

ColdFusion Flex Connectivity Beta 1 can be downloaded here:

http://labs.macromedia.com/technologies/cf_flexconnectivity/

Flex 2.0 Beta 1, including the newly-released Flex Enterprise Services Beta is available for download here:

http://labs.adobe.com

Note also the fact that a free version of Flex Enterprise Services, with limited concurrent connections and for use on a single server has been announced. (Flex Enterprise Services will also be available to purchase by CPU, departmental and limited scope (application specific) pricing options.)

Enjoy and stay tuned for more exciting CF/Flex 2 news!

Damon