The new AKS....AFM (Accessibility Foundation Module) for SharePoint

Jul 21, 2010 at 10:22 PM
HiSoftware has recently released the new Accessibility Foundation Module, which provides users with a set of tools to create an accessible platform/framework for a SharePoint portal or intranet site, both MOSS 2007 and SharePoint 2010. AFM allows developers to design a SharePoint Environment to meet both WCAG 1.0/2.0 to level AA. AFM uses techniques that are part of the Accessible Rich Internet Apps specification (ARIA), allowing SharePoint to be even easier to utilise for users with assistive technologies. AFM is integrated into the Compliance Sheriff suite, allowing users to create before/after reports to demonstrate that content has actually improved in compliance. Many of you will have a SharePoint site that contains custom code or customer Web Parts. AFM will provide you the ability to evaluate them and remediate the structure if it does not meet the criteria set, no matter what configurations have been applied. Please read below for some key capabilities of AFM - Automatically associate visual labels with controls - Add alternative text to images that are missing - Mark tables that are user for presentation only using ARIA mark up - Mark required fields with ARIA mark up - Enable text re-size using standard internet browser functions - Adapt keyboard functionality for drop down menus - IFRAMEs identified with descriptive text - NOSCRIPT tags added for pages that require Javascript. Included in AFM is; - Feature as WSP - Installation tool for deployment - Visual Studio Solution for deployment of accessible master page and style sheet - Visual Studio Solution for creation of control adaptations to a site based off of XPATH and Regular Expressions allowing for easy integration with Compliance Sheriff For more information on how to make your SharePoint site compliant to the WCAG guidelines, please contact Kareem at kareem@hisoftware.com or call 00 44 (0) 7789 755557