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Re: PDF accessibility


From: Priti Rohra
Date: Feb 12, 2010 6:39AM

Hi Geof,

Marking the background image of the PDF file in question as an "Artifact" is
similar to specifying an empty alternate text for decorative image on web
page. This will inform the screen reader to skip it and read the textual

With regards to the level of accessibility of the file is concerned, it is
an untagged PDF document--meaning information is not tagged using
appropriate tags, such as headings, lists, paragraphs etc so the screen
reader is identifying the same as a graphic. The screen reader may or may
not read the information correctly i.e. in the right order, as headings, a
list item or even a link.

Hope this makes it clear for you.

Thanks & Regards,
Priti Rohra
Senior Accessibility Consultant
Net Systems Informatics (India) Pvt. Ltd.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Geof Collis" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: "WebAIM Discussion List" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2010 5:55 PM
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] PDF accessibility

> So no ltext needed then?
> What about its level of accessibility?
> I'm hearing the word "graphic" before each item and it appears to be a
> list.
> At 06:36 AM 2/12/2010, you wrote:
>>No, this is decorative and should be an Artifact.
>>Cheers, Karen
>>-----Original Message-----
>>[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Geof Collis
>>Sent: February-11-10 7:31 PM
>>Subject: [WebAIM] PDF accessibility
>>Hi All
>>If a pdf has an image imbedded in the background and text on top does
>>the image need to be described?
>>Here is the pdf in question.
>>Also is this pdf accessible?
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