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Re: WebAIM-Forum Digest, Vol 60, Issue 21


From: John E. Brandt
Date: Mar 26, 2010 1:33PM

Here are some resources. The first reference is from the Adobe accessibility
training site. I have written several articles on accessible documents which
may be found on the Maine CITE website (the second reference). There are a
number of folks in this list that also have resources and I am sure you will
hear from them as well. The last reference is from the AcrobatUsers group.
They have some videos on there that will be helpful


And while you're at it, don't stop with just trying to make your PDFs
accessible. All of your documents should be accessible including Word,
PowerPoint and webpages.


John E. Brandt
Augusta, ME USA

-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Collins Flannery
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2010 2:14 PM
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] WebAIM-Forum Digest, Vol 60, Issue 21

Can someone attach the directions for making a PDF accessible? I have all
the Adobe tools, but nothing online was succinct in terms of giving step by
step instructions.

Thank you ~
Collins Flannery
Arrowpoint Corp

On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 11:00 AM,
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> 2. Re: alt tags in PDF's (Andrew Kirkpatrick)
> 3. Re: PDF will be legally accessible with the new 508 (Ted)
> 4. Re: PDF will be legally accessible with the new 508
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> 5. Re: PDF will be legally accessible with the new 508
> (Langum, Michael J)
> 6. Tables with a checkbox column (James Kennard)
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> From: "Hoffman, Allen" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> To: "WebAIM Discussion List" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 14:14:52 -0400
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] PDF will be legally accessible with the new 508
> PDF content accessibility should not be dependent upon a particular
> screen reader product. If the content is tagged appropriately to meet
> accessibility requirements, and the PDF "reader" renders the information
> for inspection by the assistive technology--and then the assistive
> technology doesn't utilize the information provided, well, time to look
> at another technology.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Don Mauck [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 2:39 PM
> To: WebAIM Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] PDF will be legally accessible with the new 508
> I'd disagree with that, it depends on the screen reader.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Monir ElRayes [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 7:09 AM
> To: WebAIM Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] PDF will be legally accessible with the new 508
> In addition to what Allen said, it is interesting to note that there are
> two
> other factors that are often confused with whether a given document
> format
> (e.g. pdf) is accessible:
> 1) Does the document format have internal infrastructure that supports
> accessibility? PDF and HTML do for all known accessibility requirements
> related to various document elements (e.g. images, tables, lists etc).
> Interestingly MS Word - which many people view as inherently more
> accessible
> than PDF- does not have sufficient internal infrastructure to support
> some
> key elements (e.g. tables)
> 2) How difficult is it to make a given format accessible (i.e. to author
> it
> correctly)? Much of the confusion about the accessibility of PDF is a
> result
> of the fact that it is very hard for an average user to make a PDF
> document
> accessible relying solely on the tools provided by Acrobat Pro or
> Standard,
> not to mention the fact that many PDFs don't even originate in Acrobat.
> Tools like CommonLook (for document remediation in Acrobat
> http://www.net-centric.com/products/cl_s508_adobe.aspx ) and PAW (for
> authoring accessible PDF from MS Word
> http://www.net-centric.com/products/PAW.aspx ) can help overcome the
> inherent difficulty in making PDF accessible.
> Monir ElRayes
> President
> NetCentric Technologies
> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Hoffman,
> Allen
> Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 2:31 PM
> To: WebAIM Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] PDF will be legally accessible with the new 508
> Can someone point to the part of the refresh of the Section 508
> standards that would say "PDF is accessible"?
> In my view, content in PDF format can be accessible if authored
> correctly.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Karlen Communications [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
> Sent: Monday, March 22, 2010 6:53 AM
> To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] PDF will be legally accessible with the new 508
> Ironically there is a company called JAWS that has had PDF creation
> software
> for years.
> http://www.jawspdf.com/
> They didn't used to be interested in accessibility but I haven't checked
> them out recently.
> I don't see anything about accessibility on their site.
> I found them by accident in the early days of a GUI Internet when
> looking
> for screen reader information. :-)
> Cheers, Karen
> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Christophe
> Strobbe
> Sent: March-22-10 6:31 AM
> To: WebAIM Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] PDF will be legally accessible with the new 508
> At 05:37 20/03/2010, John Foliot wrote:
> >(...)
> >We know that there are legacy PDF's out there that will not be
> accessible,
> >and likely a few still being created today that are not as rich as
> >Acrobat/Live Design could produce. We can only blame that on history
> and
> >poor training though, right? Is this a problem with "PDF" or of poor
> >authoring practice and the early history of PDF? (...)
> There is still a lot of work to be done to improve authoring
> practices. I am involved in several projects funded by the European
> Commission that had to rework deliverables because the PDF files were
> not accessible or not tagged. I had to teach people how to use
> Heading styles in MS Word and how to generate tagged PDF from
> OpenOffice.org - even more than a year after the start of these
> projects. These projects, as all the work I do, focus on
> accessibility for people with disabilities. There is a cruel irony in
> this.
> Lesson learnt: provide tutorials about accessibile authoring
> practices at the start of such projects.
> >Interesting note about cheap alternatives that generate pseudo-PDFs
> that
> >lack access features. Are you aware of any examples that I could see?
> It
> >would be interesting to see what if anything they do produce - perhaps
> we
> >should go after those software companies instead - I wonder aloud if
> >could modify the once proprietary but now open PDF standard to place a
> >stronger insistence on accessibility to be called "PDF" (worth asking,
> >no?). If bad software tools (versus a file format) is the culprit, we
> >should point that out with proof, and attack the real problem. Most
> large
> >organizations that I know of, the majority will not buy faulty tools if
> >they can avoid it, so the market place can be our friend if we are
> smart
> >about it.
> John, are you looking for overviews like the following?
> * JISC TechDIS: "Coparison of Free PDF Software" (no date)
> <http://www.techdis.ac.uk/index.php?p=3_20_2_2>;
> * "Accessibility testing 14 PDF creation tools" (12 September 2009):
> <http://www.pws-ltd.com/sections/articles/2009/pdf_conversion_tools.html
> >.
> Best regards,
> Christophe Strobbe
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