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HiSoftware Accessibility Foundation Module Now Supports SharePoint 2013

October 27, 2014

AFM now provides the ability to implement SharePoint framework accessibility fixes with minimum impact to 2013, 2010 and 2007 sites

Nashua, NH – While public-facing websites have traditionally been the focus for accessibility, the reliance on systems like SharePoint for internal collaboration requires organizations to also consider application accessibility. HiSoftware, a leading provider of compliance and security solutions and now a Cryptzone company, today announced support for SharePoint 2013 with the latest version of the Accessibility Foundation Module (AFM) for SharePoint. AFM helps to ensure SharePoint environments can be used and accessed by all users in compliance with Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 standards.

Customer and AFM user Shane Morgan, Web Systems, e-Learning & Database Coordinator, TAFE SWSi, ICT Services Unit said, “Our team of developers used Compliance Sheriff AFM to assess and apply the needed fixes to accessibility issues with the SharePoint framework. The issues included a lack of Alt text, the need to resize existing text, SearchBox, ListView adapter, among others. AFM helped us easily solve the challenges we faced with the items that made our SharePoint site inaccessible.”

“In fact we work with a consultant to manually test the accessibility of the SharePoint environment and he noted significant improvement of the site navigation, which was echoed by our disabled end users who are now able to easily use our SharePoint site.”

Countries including the United States and Australia have government mandates in place that require software used by government employees be equally accessible to those who use assistive technologies. AFM provides developers with a set of tools to create an accessible framework for SharePoint 2013, 2010 and 2007 environments. AFM significantly reduces the time, knowledge and effort required to implement an accessible SharePoint environment that meets accessibility requirements for Section 508, WCAG 2 and Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPAT). 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, allowing users to create reports before and after its application to measure how content has improved in compliance.

“Collaboration is essential to how businesses operate today, therefore it’s important for organizations to ensure all users can access and contribute to content on SharePoint,” said Kurt Mueffelmann, Cryptzone and HiSoftware, President and CEO. “AFM makes it much easier for organizations using SharePoint to create and maintain an accessible environment so that everyone can enjoy the productivity benefits that it offers.”

HiSoftware was recently acquired by Cryptzone, a global provider of data security and identity and access management (IAM) solutions. A Microsoft Gold Application Development Partner, HiSoftware provides content-aware solutions for managing SharePoint governance, compliance and security to leading global corporations across of broad range of industries, as well as public sector organizations including federal agencies, colleges and universities. For more information about AFM visit

About HiSoftware

HiSoftware, a Cryptzone company, 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 450+ customers include some of the largest US and international government agencies, as well as Global 2000 companies. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @HiSoftware.