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Re: Automated Checking of PDF Documents?

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From: smithj7
Date: Jul 6, 2007 11:30PM


The read out loud feature isn't an effective test of the level of
accessiblity. We often test with speech. The AT (JAWS for example) is
reading a different layer of the Adobe document than the read out loud
feature. (there is what you see, the tag level, and the content level)

Note I use both the accessiblity checker for Adobe 7 and Adobe 8 - 8
ALWAYS indicates a problem if I select the 508 aspect of the checker. I
also have been introduced to Netentric. We are purchasing two licenses.


An inherent adobe feature I discovered is the check box with forms. In
html there are radio buttons. In Adobe radio buttons seem to only read
the RANGE, can't find a way to have it read individual (e.g. reads
"colors" for each item rather than red, blue, pink). So one must use a
check box... Meaning more than one can be checked, following rules.



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Subject: [WebAIM] Automated Checking of PDF Documents?


Hi everyone,

Do any of the automated testing tools check PDF files?

Or is the Adobe "Read Out Loud" command a simple & effective test of
the level of accessibility? (This would also give some feedback on
forms & tables, at least to someone who knew what they were listening
for.)

Then there's always the Jaws demo & the "This document appears to be
empty" test. ...

We have a lot of non-technical people generating PDFs, so I'm looking
for any quick & reasonably good test they can run to get some
verification that they're using the creation tools correctly. Thanks
much for any thoughts,

Patrick (This brain appears to be empty.)


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Patrick J. Burke

Coordinator
UCLA Disabilities &
Computing Program

Phone: 310 206-6004
E-mail: burke <at> ucla. edu