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Re: Are PDF portfolios accessible to screen readers?


From: Iza Bartosiewicz
Date: Jul 2, 2010 1:12AM

Thanks Karen and Andrew for clarifying this.
I'm going to recommend that we avoid using portfolios until their accessibility is improved.

Andrew, I hope you'll tweet the good news when it happens! :)


Izabella Bartosiewicz
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RMIT University Library

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>>> On 02/07/10 at 0:01, Andrew Kirkpatrick < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> There is a preference, as Karen mentions, in the Acrobat and Reader
> preferences (accessibility category, under "other accessibility options").
> The option is labeled "Always show portfolios in platform control".
> One of the items we discussed at CSUN is work to make portfolios accessible
> without this fallback preference being required, so we plan to have a much
> easier approach in a future release.
> Thanks,
> Andrew Kirkpatrick
> Group Product Manager, Accessibility
> Adobe Systems
> http://twitter.com/awkawk
> http://blogs.adobe.com/accessibility
> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Karlen
> Communications
> Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2010 6:52 AM
> To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Are PDF portfolios accessible to screen readers?
> Not at this time. Portfolios are displayed in a Flash application that is
> not accessible.
> There is a setting in the user preferences under Accessibility I think to
> not use Portfolio to display content but I find that Acrobat 9/not sure
> about Reader 9 doesn't always respect this. Sometimes if something has been
> saved as a Portfolio and you do have the option not to view things in
> Portfolio checked you will get a sort of hybrid where the content is
> displayed using Acrobat/Reader but the Find tool results in an inaccessible
> Flash based list of found items.
> Adobe does know about this and is working on it.
> Cheers, Karen
> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Iza Bartosiewicz
> Sent: July-01-10 2:31 AM
> To: WebAIM Discussion List
> Subject: [WebAIM] Are PDF portfolios accessible to screen readers?
> Hi everyone,
> Can anyone enlighten me regarding the accessibility of PDF portfolios?
> Assuming that the portfolio includes properly tagged PDF documents, is it
> possible for people using screen readers (or keyboard only) to navigate to
> and open the individual documents?
> I've just been given a portfolio file to test and I couldn't access the
> individual documents using keyboard alone. This may be because the portfolio
> I got was poorly put together, but the fact that Read Out Loud options were
> greyed-out, and the accessibility check wasn't available may mean that the
> problem lies with the portfolio format, not just that single example.
> Info about PDF portfolios:
> http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Acrobat/9.0/Standard/WS0FAA9C25-EBE6-4492-9504-7
> 565D0097800.html
> Thanks
> Iza