HiSoftware Releases Accessibility Foundation Module for SharePoint Version 3.0

The latest version of AFM includes improvements for faster deployment and the ability to implement accessibility fixes with minimum impact to SharePoint sites.

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SharePoint is the leading platform for collaboration. That said, it’s important for companies using it to ensure all users can access and contribute to content. AFM makes easier to create and maintain an accessible SharePoint environment.

Nashua, NH (PRWEB) April 30, 2013

Regulations governing the accessibility of Web content and applications are gaining momentum. Public-facing websites have traditionally been the focus for accessibility; however, with the growing reliance on systems like SharePoint for internal collaboration, organizations must also consider application accessibility. HiSoftware, a leading provider of compliance and security solutions, announced today the release of the Accessibility Foundation Module (AFM) for SharePoint Version 3.0 for ensuring SharePoint environments can be used and accessed by all users in compliance with Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 standards. The latest version of AFM offers several enhancements for faster deployment and the ability to implement accessibility fixes more easily with minimum impact to existing SharePoint sites and no modifications to master pages.

“SharePoint is the leading platform for collaboration. That said, it’s important for companies using the system to ensure all users can access and contribute to content,” said Kurt Mueffelmann, HiSoftware, President and CEO. “The latest version of AFM features several key changes to how the product works, removing the dependency on master pages and page layouts and improving how custom Control Adapters and Plugins are added. Version 3.0 makes it much easier for customers to create and maintain an accessible SharePoint environment so that everyone can enjoy the productivity benefits that it offers.”

New features and capabilities of AFM v3.0 include:

  •     Easy deployment as a set of three SharePoint Solution Packages (WSPs).
  •     Ability to build and maintain an accessible environment with minimum impact to SharePoint sites by allowing developers to:
o    Apply fixes without impacting existing master pages and page layouts.
o    Add custom control adapters and plug-ins more easily.
o    Implement accessibility fixes to control adapters and plugins more easily to maintain site accessibility.
o    Activate and de-activate specific control adapters and plugins at a global level, as well as individual site collections and sites.
  •     Centralized configuration.
  •     Granular deployments from the Web application level down to an individual site collection.
  •     Integration with HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff® SP for reporting and progress tracking.

AFM is available as an add-on to HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff SP and provides users with a set of tools to create an accessible framework for SharePoint environments. AFM significantly reduces the time, knowledge and effort required to implement an accessible SharePoint environment that meets accessibility requirements for WCAG 2.0, US Section 508 and Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) documents. The most significant advantage of AFM is the enterprise-friendly installation method that allows a SharePoint Server administrator to easily apply a master configuration to multiple SharePoint applications. AFM integrates with HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff SP, allowing users to create reports before and after its application to measure how content has improved in compliance.

For more information about AFM visit http://www.hisoftware.com/products/SharePoint-Solutions/accessibility-foundation-module.aspx.

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Application Development Partner and 2012 Windows IT Pro Editors’ Choice Gold Medal Winner for SharePoint product of the year, HiSoftware allows companies to easily manage compliance and security for improved collaboration.

About HiSoftware
HiSoftware is a leading provider of content-aware compliance and security solutions for the monitoring and enforcement of risk management and privacy guidelines across digital environments. The company’s solutions provide a data governance platform for content management and collaboration processes that support corporate and brand integrity, site quality, accessibility and confidentiality for public websites and portals, as well as intranets and SharePoint sites. HiSoftware’s customers include some of the largest US and international government agencies, as well as Global 2000 companies. For more information, visit http://www.hisoftware.com or follow us on Twitter @HiSoftware.


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