Project ButtercupReader was developed by Australasian software firm Intergen in conjunction with Microsoft. It provides a showcase of the use of Microsoft Silverlight to build rich and accessible browser based applications. Intergen worked closely with Adaptive Technology experts from the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind to ensure that ButtercupReader provided a highly accessible experience for users with a wide range of print disabilities.
The Project Buttercup team aims to provide guidance around building accessible Rich Internet Applications over the coming months. This process will start with the presentation of a conference session on Accessibility at MIX09, a key Microsoft event focused on Rich Media and Browser delivered applications. A key goal for the Project Buttercup team is to support and encourage RIA concepts in Government and Standard body accessibility work around the world.