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PDF, Accessibility and Quality Control


From: Zwack, Melanie C
Date: Jan 26, 2007 1:20PM

Can people share what they do to ensure Quality Control for Accessible
PDFs they produce?

My main question: How vigilant are you that the tags used in the
tagging, accurately represent the content? For example, in the past we
have placed content in sequential order as best we can, but pretty much
ignored the tags. For example, even if a paragraph text is tagged with a
header tag, we would just let it go, because mainly due to the fact of
how much time that it would take to correct this. Now, with Jaws 7.0
that we just got, it is actually reading 'Graphic: Then the content
here' - - so it is specifying the tag explicitly. The fact that in the
past we did not pay much attention to this, is now a problem when we use
Jaws 7.0 to Qc. Jaws is specifying each tag, before reading the
content, so it is obvious in the case when an incorrect tag is used. Any
thoughts on this?

Also, I am evaluation our Quality Control process in general for
Accessible PDFs, and would be very interested to hear of any other
people's procedures for this area. I would like to make sure our process
is where it needs to be.

I'll also start off with specifying our process:

1) We apply tags to a PDF and touchup the tags as necessary (ie.,
adding ALT tags to images, re-arranging the order of the tags as

2) Quality Control staff spot checks the PDFs to see if the tags
are reading right. (We do not use the automated Accessibility Checker to
verify correctness, but instead we have Quality Control check each file
with a Screen Reader.)