Defining PDF Accessibility
Adobe, Acrobat, and PDF
Before discussing the accessibility of PDF files, it is important to distinguish between Adobe, Acrobat and PDF. These terms are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same.
- Adobe - External Link is a company; they are the creators of Acrobat.
- Acrobat is a tool for creating, editing and viewing PDF files.
- PDF is a format or type of document. It stands for Portable Document Format. The PDF format was created by Adobe.
The terms Adobe, Acrobat, and PDF are related in the same way as Microsoft, Word, and doc.
Adobe Reader is a free utility that allows you to read and save, but not edit, PDF files. Read more about Adobe Reader and Accessibility.