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MOSS Accessibility Kit

Posted by Clayton James on August 22, 2007

I am currently in Perth teaching the Moss 2007 Bootcamp course. While I was here I was lucky enough to attend the Moss user group and see Sezai present on WCM. One of major topics that surfaces when discussing WCM and MOSS is the development process of creating a site that complies with W3C XHTML standards, WAI guidelines, Section 508 standards. This isn’t an OOB solution.

I have come to the understanding that there are basically three options you can use:

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  • Write custom field controls to control the html output.

     

     

  • Use HiSoftwre Moss Accessibility Kit: endorsed by Microsoft.

    http://www.hisoftware.com/press/7-31-07MOSSAccessibilityKit.html

    http://www.it-director.com/business/compliance/content.php?cid=9678

     

    The Accessibility Kit for Office SharePoint Server will include site templates, Web parts, documentation, instruction and tutorials enabling partners and customers to develop Web sites that conform to the guidelines set out in Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). The solution will also provide accessibility updates for Office SharePoint Server templates and Web parts for Web publishing, corporate intranet, team and project collaboration sites and more. This allows users to create a site and replace “out-of-the-box” MOSS components with accessibility kit templates, reusable Web content and Web parts.

 

For me the decision is simple.

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9 Responses to “MOSS Accessibility Kit”

  1. Sezai said

    The HiSoftware Kit is worth keeping an eye on, their news release states they have just begun development of the Accessibility kit, so it will be some time before its available.

    Here’s a few more links to blog sites about creating standards compliant websites with MOSS 2007.

    http://blogs.provoke.co.nz/Zac/archive/2007/04/19/guide-to-making-sharepoint-xhtml-compliant.aspx
    http://blog.thekid.me.uk/archive/2007/05/01/another-day-another-accessible-moss-website.aspx
    http://blog.thekid.me.uk/archive/2007/05/08/getting-sharepoint-to-produce-the-html-you-want.aspx
    http://www.sharepointblogs.com/sezai/archive/2007/05/06/building-accessible-moss-2007-public-websites.aspx

    To prove that it is possible to make a standards compliant MOSS 2007 website :

    http://www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk

    And if you don’t believe it is compliant :

    http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk&charset=%28detect+automatically%29&doctype=Inline&group=0

    This Page Is Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional!

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