AKS 2.0 arrives on March 09

2 03 2009

Good news travel fast 🙂 here is some information from the press release:


AKS v2.0 is intended to reduce the level of effort and knowledge needed by customers and partners to improve the accessibility of SharePoint-based sites/applications. The new AKS v2.0 components include:

  • Smart Control adapters which greatly reduce the amount of custom configuration previously required for AKS control adapters;
  • The Web Part Zone Control Adapter which is a special Smart Adapter that modifies the output of SharePoint so that it does not use tables for layout of the Web parts;
  • HiSoftware’s Compliant Code Engine (HCCE) which can be used to assist organizations in creating code that is compliant to standards-based HTML or XHTML;
  • Additional requirements under Canadian Common Look and Feel 2.0 (CLF 2.0) guidelines;
  • Examples of remediation to comply with WCAG 2.0 Level AA;
  • French language version of AKS v1.0 components


There is also a new RTF text editor, which is accesible,  but with a payed licensing:

Overview of aRTE functions and features:

  • Accessible input
  • Capable of creating accessible output
  • Capable of creating XHTML compliant output
  • Cross-browser alternative to the default rich-text editor in MOSS and WSS
  • Multi-lingual capabilities  
  • Tool Bar and Context Menus
  • Cut, Copy and Paste from Microsoft Word
  • Integrated Spell Checking
  • Character formatting
  • Paragraph formatting
  • HTML source editing



Finally, Compliance Sheriff for MOSS provides an audit monitoring capability, enabling users to scan and review content in the MOSS environment for continuous risk management and reporting. This full lifecycle approach empowers designers and content authors to build and create compliant content from the ground up. It also provides the added benefit of back-end fail safe testing and monitoring to help mitigate risk of inaccessible or non-compliant content from entering into the live environment.


Full info and downloads from https://aks.hisoftware.com.