User Features Share Point 2010

This will focus predominantly on the developer features that are available on the SharePoint platform. To highlight how users can interact with SharePoint and therefore with any applications that are created using the SharePoint platform, let’s take a brief look at the key user features.

Office Integration
One of the key features of SharePoint from a user’s perspective is the tight integration with Office applications such as Microsoft Word. This integration is even more visible in the 2010 version of these applications. Within the options in the new backstage area, shown next, users can easily share documents to SharePoint sites. Furthermore, when users create a personal site on a SharePoint farm, they can automatically set the web site as the default save location for all new documents.

Office Integration

Along with file-level integration, the SharePoint 2010 platform also provides application-level integration. For example, by using Excel Services, a workbook that’s been created in Excel can be published to a web site and accessed as a web page by other users, even those who don’t have the Excel client application installed. The same is also true for Access databases, which can be published as fully interactive web applications, and Visio services, which allow diagrams created in Visio to be connected to business data surfaced via the SharePoint platform.

Office Web Applications
Although not part of the standard SharePoint product, Office Web Applications can optionally be deployed as a SharePoint farm service. The Office Web Applications product provides web-based versions of Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel, so users can experience the same editing and presentation functionality of Office client applications without having the application installed locally.

SharePoint Workspace
One new addition to the Microsoft Office suite is the SharePoint Workspace. As mentioned, in 2007 Microsoft acquired Groove, a peer-to peer document collaboration tool. With SharePoint 2010, the functionality of Groove has been integrated into the SharePoint platform; the SharePoint Workspace product is a client-side tool that allows offline access to data and documents stored on a SharePoint site.

Standards Compliant Web Interface
As well as the ability to deliver a comprehensive enterprise content management solution, the web interface presented by SharePoint 2010 is compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) at level AA. The four principles of WCAG and a few examples of the features in SharePoint that address them are listed here:

Perceivable

  • A number of changes in the generated makeup for the SharePoint 2010 user interface describe content and media and explain controls.
  • A new master page in SharePoint 2010 makes better use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and presents content in the appropriate sequence.

Operable

  • In designing key user interface elements such as the ribbon, keyboard interaction has been a central aim to provide compatibility and usability.
  • Proper heading structures have been added to pages to provide informational, organizational, and navigational benefits.

Understandable

  • The SharePoint platform makes use of language packs to support multiple languages throughout the user interface. Using features such as variations, you can also implement business processes that ensure that user-generated content is also available in multiple languages.
  • SharePoint supports browser settings to zoom content and operating system features to increase font sizes.

Robust

  • Much of the markup produced as part of the SharePoint user interface is delivered as well-formed Extensible Markup Language (XML), greatly enhancing crossbrowser support. In addition, the new rich text editor, which is used to create user content, has a function to convert its content into Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML). This ensures that user-generated data can also be used across browsers.


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