Over the past year, Canada has put new regulations in place to bring government agencies up to speed with international Web accessibility guidelines. As a result, all Canadian government websites must now be in compliance with Common Look and Feel standards or CLF. HiSoftware Inc., a US-based provider of content aware compliance and security solutions, today announced it has released a new out-of-box checkpoint group to allow Canadian government agencies to monitor and enforce CLF standards on both public-facing websites and intranets.
Mike Maadarani, President and CEO of Orangutech Inc., said, “The new HiSoftware CLF checkpoints provide a great value to our clients in the Canadian Federal Government space. Given that Orangutech has developed a SharePoint toolkit for CLF to transform a website to be compliant with the regulation, it was important for us to partner with HiSoftware in order to use the CLF checkpoints, to make sure that the SharePoint portals we develop stay compliant with the WCAG 2.0 standards. This has given us a huge advantage to offer end-to-end solutions to our clients.”
While some milestones for compliance by Canadian government websites should have been met already, there are important upcoming deadlines. The new checkpoint group, available for both HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff® and HiSoftware Policy Sheriff™ SP, can aid agencies in automating the process of checking website content to ensure it meets the CLF standards for accessibility and usability by the Treasury Board of Canada’s next deadline on July 31, 2012, and meet full compliance by July 31, 2013.
“HiSoftware is poised to help agencies tackle their accessibility and usability compliance goals with the CLF checkpoints,” said Kurt A. Mueffelmann, president and CEO of HiSoftware. “These foundational checkpoints empower an agency to meet the CLF requirements and can map it to their individual needs for ongoing monitoring and enforcement.”
HiSoftware provides content-aware solutions for managing accessibility, site quality, privacy and SharePoint security to some of the largest US and international government agencies, as well as Global 2000 companies. HiSoftware will be presenting “Solutions and Tools to Help Achieve and Maintain Accessibility Sites” at the Microsoft Web Accessibility Dialog events in Toronto and Ottawa, April 25-26, 2012.