SharePoint accessibility kit available

Users can now download software that will make Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 more accessible for people with disabilities, especially vision-impaired users.

The Accessibility Kit for SharePoint (AKS) went live this week and is available as a free download. The kit provides templates, master pages and controls that will make SharePoint-based Web sites easier to navigate for people with disabilities.

Microsoft hired HiSoftware to develop the kit. The software conforms to the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 Priority 1 and 2 checkpoints, which are collectively known as WCAG 1.0 AA. The guidelines are designed for Web content developers and developers of authoring tools.

The kit can also be used to address the exceptions that have been identified in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act's Voluntary Product Accessibility Template for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

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